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Villa to trump Celtic for Chivas USA keeper Guzan

Aston Villa are set to trump Celtic for Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

The News of the World says Guzan is rejecting an offer from Celtic after Aston Villa's last-ditch £2million swoop.

The 23-year-old, voted the best goalie in the MLS last season, took just one session to convince Hoops boss Gordon Strachan and his coaching staff he was the real deal and well worth the £1.5m the MLS wanted.

At his weekly press conference, Strachan confirmed chief executive Peter Lawwell had offered Guzan a contract and the player was heading home "to think about things".

But it's understood he headed instead for hush-hush talks with Villa representatives, and is on the verge of signing a pre-contract.

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