Lambert lines-up move for Japan international

Paul Lambert is continuing his summer revamp of Aston Villa by looking to Germany and Nuremberg’s Japanese international Hiroshi Kiyotake.

The midfielder played at the Confederations Cup in Brazil and has impressed in the Bundesliga last season making 31 appearances for Der Ruhmreiche (the Glorious) scoring four times and claiming 10 assists in his debut season.

However the Daily Star are reporting that the German club are reluctant to sell the 23-year-old, who is still contracted until 2015, and so would want around £7.5m for the player. Kiyotake signed for Nuremberg in the summer of 2012 after scoring 13 goals in two years for Cerezo Osaka in the J league Division one.

Since then Kiyotake has gone on to make 18 appearances for his national team, including playing in every game of Japan’s Olympic campaign last summer, however he has only managed to find the net once.

This came in Japan’s 2-1 defeat to Oman in their recent 2014 World Cup Qualifier. Nuremberg’s sporting director Martin Bader said of the deal: “Such inquires honour us, but Hiroshi is here to stay.”

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