Empoli seal Balaban deal

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By Nadia Carminati
Italian side Empoli have announced that they have agreed on a deal to sign former Aston Villa striker Bosko Balaban.

The Croatian marksman had flopped at Villa Park since his £6 million move from Dynamo Zagreb, and the club had decided to cut their losses and release him from his contract.

The 25-year-old entered into talks with the Italian side and they have now said that they have sealed a deal for him.

Empoli general director Pino Vitale confirmed that a deal had been struck to sign Balaban and that: "Next Tuesday there will be the official presentation".

Balaban trained with his new team-mates on Wednesday and it is believed he will sign a three-year deal.

Empoli are struggling near the foot of Serie A and they will be hoping Balaban can rediscover his scoring touch to help fire them up the table.