Balaban move on hold
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Empoli announced last week that they had found a three-year deal with the player, who was released by Villa after failing to make an impact on the English game.
The Serie A side had been looking to offload young Ghanaian Ibrahim Razak - but have been unable to find a buyer.
This means they currently have the maximum four non-EU players, and are unable to complete a move for Balaban.
The club are still keen to seal a deal for Balaban and will continue their efforts to free up a place for the striker in the January transfer window.