Udinese join chase for ex Celtic striker John Guidetti after City release

The Swedish striker's contract at Manchester City expired this summer, and Guidetti is also being chased by Everton and Watford.

Udinese have been linked with former Manchester City striker and Celtic loanee John Guidetti, according to a report in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The attacker has Italian family, but has never played in the country, despite sampling several European leagues in his short career.

Guidetti has done well in several of his loan spells away from the Etihad, with his loan at Feyenoord particularly impressive. The striker scored an astonishing 20 goals in 23 games to seemingly announced himself as one of Europe's most promising young strikers, but he hasn't really managed to cash in on that potential.

The Sweden international spent last season on loan at Celtic, and despite a strong start, where he scored 11 goals in his first 10 games, Guidetti couldn't keep up that form, only scoring four more times for the rest of the season.  

However, even more crucially to his career, he has struggled to make an impact in his loans at English clubs, having spent time at Burnley and Stoke in recent seasons.

It meant that Manchester City never got round to giving the 23-year-old more than a solitary League Cup appearance in 2010.

The forward has been linked with plenty of clubs across Europe with his contract expiring this month and him therefore being available on a free transfer. Talksport also revealed earlier in the month that there are three Premier League clubs chasing the player, with Everton, Watford and Norwich all keeping an eye on proceedings.

Udinese are the latest club to be linked with Guidetti, another side who recognise that he still has the potential to be a quality goalscorer. The Udine outfit continue to rely on the ageing Antonio Di Natale, who has just postponed his retirement for another campaign, and Guidetti could be set for the first team role he's craved if he moves to Norther Italy.

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