Report: Aston Villa will loan out goalkeeper Brad Guzan if Lovre Kalinic deal can be resurrected

Brad Guzan

The 31-year-old American recently lost his place to Mark Bunn after a string of error-strewn displays.

Aston Villa plan to loan out Brad Guzan if their attempt to resurrect a deal for Hajduk Split goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic proves successful, according to the Telegraph.

Villa looked to be on the verge of signing Kalinic last week after agreeing a reported £4.9 million fee with Hajduk but saw the move collapse at the final hurdle after the two-time capped Croatia international’s work permit application and subsequent appeal were both rejected.

However, they reportedly remain desperate to sign the 25-year-old before the January transfer window closes and are said to be lodging a second appeal to the FA in a last-ditch attempt to overturn the initial decision.

The 6ft 7in custodian is expected to go straight into the line-up if their efforts are successful, relegating Mark Bunn back to the bench and the under-fire Guzan to third-choice.

Previously regarded as one of the Premier League’s elite shot-stoppers, the 31-year-old American has endured a dramatic decline in form over the past 18 months and lost his place in the side under both former manager Tim Sherwood and now successor Remi Garde.

He is now facing an uncertain future at Villa Park after his latest benching, and the Telegraph claims that the club are preparing to send him out on loan for the remainder of the season if another keeper arrives this winter.

With less than 18 months left on his contract, a permanent departure should not be ruled out in the near future either, although it remains to be seen whether the club would be able to find a suitor willing to sign the US international outright before the transfer window closes.

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