QPR, Sunderland and Aston Villa linked with AC Milan forward Giampaolo Pazzini

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AC Milan are keen on sending Giampaolo Pazzini out on loan in January.

Pazzini has netted an impressive tally of 134 goals in his 12-year career, with spells representing five different clubs in Serie A.

Starting his career at Atalanta, the 30-year-old has also turned out for Fiorentina, Sampdoria and Internazionale, before joining Inter’s city rivals AC Milan in the summer of 2012. He scored 15 goals in 30 games in his first campaign with i Rossoneri, but a knee operation during the summer of 2013 ruled him out for a number of months, and he could only strike twice in 18 appearances last term.

His current season has brought just six substitute appearances, with Jeremy Menez and Fernando Torres sharing striking duties, and Milan are reportedly keen on offloading the veteran forward in the January transfer window, with a loan deal the preferred option.

As reported by the Mirror, Milan are touting the forward’s name to a number of Premier League clubs, with the finances in the English top flight allowing the Italian side to offload the majority of his wages until his contract expires in the summer of 2015.

QPR, Sunderland and Aston Villa are all said to be interested in Pazzini, with all three clubs keen on strengthening their attacking options heading into the second half of the season. Three of the lowest scoring sides in the division, the trio are all set to search the transfer market for an available striker, and signing Pazzini on loan makes sense. Should he succeed during his short-term stay, the club would be in prime position to secure him on a free when his contract expires, but, should the move not work out, the club has no need to keep hold of him when the loan deal concludes.

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