Genoa president Enrico Preziosi has told Gianluca Di Marzio that he had struck an agreement to sign Libor Kozak last month - but now claims Aston Villa have changed their mind about the deal.
Kozak, 26, made his name in Serie A with Lazio, scoring 22 goals in 80 games having arrived from Opava in 2008, when he was just 19.
Lazio chose to sell the giant Czech Republic international in the summer of 2013, allowing him to join Premier League side Aston Villa on a four-year deal - but his time in England hasn't been much of a success so far.
Kozak has suffered injury after injury at Villa Park, giving him a record of just four goals in 19 appearances for Villa, with many expecting a departure during this month's transfer window.
However, the 6ft 3in target man has recently been recalled to the Villa side by manager Remi Garde, starting both of their last two matches; where Villa have picked up four points.
It now seems that Kozak is staying at Villa Park, and that idea has been backed up by Genoa president Enrico Preziosi, who spoke to Gianluca Di Marzio today.
Preziosi claims that he had agreed a deal to sign Kozak in December, but has since been told by the player's agent that Aston Villa have now changed their mind, and want to keep Kozak rather than let him head back to Italy.
"We had reached an agreement in Decmber, but unfortunately I heard from the agent of Kozak that Aston Villa has changed their mind and do not sell him," said Preziosi.
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