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Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has squeezed in one more recruit this summer transfer window by bringing in Lazio striker Libor Kozak on a four-year deal.

Kozak, who has made four appearances for the Czech Republic, made 18 Serie A appearances last term without scoring, and signs for a fee thought to be £7m.

However, the 24-year-old was top scorer in the Europa League with eight goals, and will add competition to Villa’s front line.

‘I’m really happy to be at Aston Villa and I’m ready for this new step in my career,’ Kozak told the club website.

‘I hope it’s a good step for me and also for Villa because everything is about the team. This is a big club, a very historic club with a fantastic fanbase and, for me, this is really important.

‘From when I was a young boy, I have dreamt of playing in the Premier League and to do this with a club such as Villa is incredibly motivating. It’s real now and I’m very happy about this.’

Lambert told the club’s website: ‘We’ve been on this one for the last few months, trying to bring him to the Club, so I’m delighted to get it across the line.

‘Libor has an unbelievable scoring record in the Europa League, incredible really. He wasn’t given much opportunity for Lazio in Serie A but he showed proper potential in leading the line there at a strong club with a great tradition and we need somebody like him as we only have Christian Benteke really as a main target man.

‘He’ll take that burden off Christian and he’ll add greatly to what we’ve got, with the likes of Nicklas Helenius, who’s a different type of player, Gabby Agonlahor, Aleks Tonev and Andi Weimann in that area of the pitch where we can hurt teams.

‘Libor’s powerful, too, and I’m looking forward to working with him. We needed to bring in someone like Libor to help the overall philosophy to work.

‘It’s a matter of him now integrating with the group, which he’ll do. We’ve brought in seven players this summer and we’re trying to build the squad. It’s getting there, no doubt about that and we’ll keep building it.’

Lambert did most of his summer deals early on, bringing in Antonio Luna, Nicklas Helenius, Jores Okore, Leandro Bacuna and Aleksandar Tonev for a total of £10.9million.

With Christian Benteke likely to leave the club next summer if he continues his form, Kozak will provide healthy competition for spaces in Villa’s attack.

With forward’s Andreas Weimann and Gabriel Agbonlahor preferred on the flanks in a 4-3-3 system, Kozak’s chances may not be forthcoming too quickly at Villa Park.

Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland earlier left Villa Park to join Stoke City on loan for the remainder of the season.

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