Five facts about Aston Villa target Gaetano D'Agostino

Aston Villa are said to be interested in free agent Gaetano D'Agostino, but what should we know about the Italian midfielder?

The transfer window might have closed but there are still a host of free agents on the market who can be snapped up, with one of them being Italian midfielder Gaetano D’Agostino.

Having emerged as a potential target for Paul Lambert's Aston Villa side this week, here are five facts we should know about the 32-year-old deep-lying playmaker, once courted by some of Europe's biggest clubs.

1) D’Agostino came up from the ranks at Palermo as a well-regarded prospect, but moved on to Roma in 1998 at the age of 16 before getting the chance to make a first-team appearance with his local club.

2) His time with i Giallorossi saw him spend the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons at Bari on a co-ownership contract, as part of the deal which brought then-wonderkid Antonio Cassano to the Italian capital, before a successful loan stint at Messina during the 2005-6 campaign attracted the interest of Manchester United.

3) He would complete a permanent switch to Udinese in the summer of 2006, where his career took off, making 112 Serie A appearances over the next four seasons, with an 11-goal 2008-09 campaign inviting rumours of a potential move to the likes of Juventus, Liverpool and even Real Madrid.

4) The creative midfielder’s fine form that season also saw him rewarded with his first senior international call-up in November 2008, before making his debut against Northern Ireland in June 2009, going on to earn the rest of his five caps over the coming months under Marcello Lippi.

5) However, injuries would soon catch up to him following a move to Fiorentina in June 2010, and a subsequent underwhelming spell at Siena from 2011 to 2014 would see his once-flourishing reputation take a serious hit.

With the then-Serie B club going bankrupt earlier this summer and forcing his exit, D’Agostino has since been linked with a move to MLS, as well to two unnamed Turkish sides, but it remains to be seen whether the reported interest from Villa will lead to something.

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