Aston Villa target Artem Dzyub keen on Premier League

Villa target Dzyuba admits he would jump at Premier League chance

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07:22 GMT, 30 March 2012

Aston Villa target Artem Dzyuba has admitted he is keen to test himself in the Barclays Premier League.

The 6ft 4in Spartak Moscow frontman is seen as the kind of imposing striker who can replace Emile Heskey in Alex McLeish’s side, but he can also play on the wing.

With just one international cap, gaining a work permit could be the biggest barrier to a move, but Dzyuba believes his appearances for the Russia B team and youth teams give him a chance of receiving permission to play in England.

Wanted: Artem Dzyuba (left) is a reported target for Aston Villa

Wanted: Artem Dzyuba (left) is a reported target for Aston Villa

The 23-year-old told Sovietsky Sport: ‘I’ve heard about the interest from Aston Villa, but there is nothing concrete.

‘I don’t deny that I want to play in England some day.

‘There is a chance to (gain a permit) as a young talent, which would be decided by the football association’s panel.

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‘At the moment I’m a Spartak player and very happy.’

Dzyuba has scored eight goals in 34 league games for Spartak this season.