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Aston Villa media round-up: Gervinho bid rejected, Kozak turns down move

A selection of stories in the media involving Aston Villa in the last 24 hours...

Aston Villa have seen a surprise bid for ex-Arsenal winger Gervinho turned down, according to Corriere dello Sport.

The report cites the offer for the 28-year old as being too low and claims talks for another Roma attacker, Adem Ljajic, are still ongoing.

Libor Kozak's proposed move to Celtic is off after the striker turned down the chance to make a switch to the Scottish giants, as reported by The Sun.

The Czech forward finds himself way down the pecking order at Villa this season and has yet to feature in the Premier League for Tim Sherwood's men.

The Sun also report that Villa are set to rival Everton for promising Wolves defender Kortney Hause.

A deal could prove tough, however, with the England Under-21 international signing a contract extension at Molineux in January this year.

Meanwhile, Tim Sherwood has spoken of his concern for Adama Traore and the treatment he needs to be prepared for, after the pacey winger came off injured in last night's Capital One Cup tie against Notts County.

"The negative is that Adama got injured. The only way to stop him at the minute is to kick him. He's a marked man. He will have to get used to it," Sherwood said, in quotes published by FourFourTwo.

"It doesn't looked good to be honest. He took a heavy knock - I thought it was a bad tackle. It was his ankle."

Finally, the Villa boss also addressed the differing fitness levels of Jack Grealish and Carlos Sanchez as the two played the full 120 minutes as Villa eventually saw off Notts County in a 5-3 thriller.

"The reason Jack and Carlos played in that game is because we wanted to get them a rhythm, Sherwood told the club's official site.

"Saturday is the first game they played. I wanted them to continue. I probably have wanted them to play that amount of time.

"Jack looked as fresh as a daisy at the end. I can't say that for Carlos."

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