Guzan handed work permit

01 August 2008 03:59
Aston Villa have been granted a work permit for the Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Villa revived their interest in the 24-year-old US international earlier this summer after initially failing to secure a work permit for the keeper when they first attempted to sign him in January. Villa are believed to have agreed a fee of around £1million with Chivas to land the highly-rated shot-stopper, who is regarded as one of the brightest homegrown prospects in Major League Soccer. Guzan replaced Everton keeper Tim Howard at half-time during the USA's 2-0 friendly defeat by England at Wembley in May. Meanwhile, Martin O'Neill is already looking forward to a UEFA Cup clash against Icelandic side FH Hafnarfjardar later this month. Villa progressed to this stage of the competition by beating Odense in the InterToto Cup and O'Neill said: "We're excited just to be in the draw first of all. We had two tough games against Odense and now we're determined to do as well as possible. "The fans showed last weekend they have an appetite for European football and I'm sure they'll back us against FH Hafnarfjardar."

Source: ESA