Report: Aston Villa set to release Brad Guzan to speed up Middlesbrough move

Aston Villa's Brad Guzan

Villa fans won't be sorry to see him go it seems.

Aston Villa's Brad GuzanGuzan is said to be on his way out of Villa Park

Aston Villa are set to release Brad Guzan a year early in order to speed up his move to Middlesbrough, the Telegraph reports.

Villa boss Roberto di Matteo told the Birmingham Mail last week he was looking to shed a goalkeeper from his ranks following the capture of Pierluigi Gollini from Hallas Verona.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesGollini is likely to take Guzan's place

And Guzan, whose exit has already been championed by Villa fans on Twitter, is set to become his unfortunate victim.

Newly-promoted Boro have already signed former Barcelona and Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes this summer, but are said to want the American as back up the three-time Champions League winner.

Victor Valdes - FC Barcelona celebratesValdes signed for Boro upon his Manchester United release

Guzan, who arrived at Villa Park from Chivas USA eight years ago, had been first choice under the Villans' last three bosses, but came under fire for his performances last season.

And with a wage bill in need of trimming, Di Matteo is seemingly happy to see the 31-year-old depart a year ahead of schedule.

Guzan's rumoured arrival will come as yet another blow to Dimi Konstantopoulos, who kept the highest number of clean sheets in each of the last two Championship campaigns.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesPromotion hero Konstantopoulos looks set to drop to third choice at Boro

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