Report: Aston Villa target ex-West Ham misfit Alessandro Diamanti

Aston Villa are reportedly targeting former West Ham playmaker Alessandro Diamanti.

According to the Daily Star, Aston Villa are lining up a summer bid to sign Italian playmaker Alessandro Diamanti from Guangzhou Evergrande.

Villa have lacked a cutting edge in the final third all season, scoring just 20 goals in the Premier League - by far the lowest in the division.

Manager Tim Sherwood will need more attacking players this summer if he manages to keep Villa in the Premier League, and it seems that one player has already been added to his summer shopping list.

Former West Ham playmaker Alessandro Diamanti is currently playing for Serie A side Fiorentina, but is only on loan from Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande.

The 31-year-old could therefore be available this summer, and the Daily Star are reporting that Sherwood believes he will be a bargain signing.

Some may remember him from his time at West Ham, which didn't really go to plan. Gianfranco Zola brought him to East London after impressing with Livorno, with the idea of Diamanti being the creative spark in the final third for the Hammers.

Yet Diamanti lasted just one year at Upton Park, scoring seven times before heading back to Italy and signing for Brescia in 2010.

Since then, Diamanti has starred in Italy and even played 17 times for the national team, so Sherwood must be hoping that the attacking midfielder is more ready for English football now than he was over five years ago.

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