Watford may attempt to hijack Calaiò's Catania move

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Sicilian striker Emanuele Calaiò seems to be on his way to Catania, but it's possible that Watford may try and tempt him instead.

Watford could try and pull off a surprise transfer swoop for experienced marksman Emanuele Calaiò, who looked set to sign for Catania.

The 32-year-old is becoming something of a journeyman but he has found the net regularly throughout his career in Italy.

Calaiò is arguably best known for his time at Napoli when he scored 40 times in 112 games over the course of three years, helping to fire the Partenopei up from Italy's third division to Serie A.

Although Calaiò remains owned by Napoli, he spent last season on loan to Genoa and appears unlikely to break into Rafa Benitez's team.

Genoa have first refusal to sign Calaiò permanently and will have talks with Napoli in the next few days, but they aren't expected to do so.

Newly relegated Catania are said to want the Sicilian striker to spearhead their attempt to get back into Serie A, but Watford may jump in.

According to reports in Italy, Watford boss Giuseppe Sannino knows Calaiò well and would love to bring him to England.

In his 15 year career as a professional, Calaiò has never played abroad and it's not clear whether he would enjoy the challenge or prefer to stay in his homeland.

Calaiò's future will be decided within the next three weeks and if Genoa decide not to keep him on within the next few days then Catania and Watford could immediately be in a race to snap him up.

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