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Guzan set to leave for Boro this week

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It looks like Brad Guzan could be the first to leave Aston Villa as the club prepares to shed some players on high wages

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Goalkeeper Brad Guzan's future at Aston Villa was always going to be in jeopardy following a season that he'll want to forget. Splitting playing time with Mark Bunn near the end probably wasn't in his plans, and neither was playing football outside of England's top flight.

Fortunately for the U.S. national team goalkeeper, both of those worries should be things he doesn't have to worry about anymore.

Last week, we learned that Villa were willing to let him go for free, with newly-promoted Middlesbrough FC happy to offer him the prospect of Premier League football.

According to BBC West Midlands Sport, the deal should be finalised soon.

Pierluigi Gollini's arrival earlier this summer put Guzan's future at the club in doubt, with new boss Roberto Di Matteo looking to put an emphasis on youth. Additionally, his wages are a major reason Villa want to be rid of him.

At Boro, he'll challenge former Barcelona stopper Victor Valdes for first team minutes.