Report: Aston Villa consider move to sign Felipe Avenatti, Leeds also interested

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Aston Villa and Leeds are reportedly pursuing Ternana striker Felipe Avenatti.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Aston Villa are considering a move to sign Ternana striker Felipe Avenatti - with Leeds also interested.

Villa boss Tim Sherwood will certainly be looking to land a striker this summer, either as a complement to CHristian Benteke or even as a replacement for the Belgian hitman, who will be in-demand this summer.

Now, TMW believe that Villa have registered an interest in signing Ternana's former Uruguayan Under-20 striker Avenatti in a bid to strengthen their attacking options.

The 22-year-old hit 12 goals in 33 games for River Plate in Uruguay, before making the move to Italy almost two years ago.

Standing at a giant 6ft 5in, Avenatti is the prototypical target man, who possesses great strength and aerial ability - and whilst Villa are reportedly interested, they aren't the only ones.

The report also states that Leeds United are also pursuing Avenatti, even after signing Motherwell striker Lee Erwin earlier this month.

Avenatti - really good enough?

The Uruguayan is just 22 so has plenty of time to develop, but his goalscoring record in Serie B - ten goals in 51 games - isn't overly encouraging.

Aston Villa need someone who can take some of the burden off Christian Benteke's shoulders, and Avenatti seems like something of a gamble given his modest return in Italy so far.

For Leeds, they have signed plenty of players from Italian clubs since Massimo Cellino's arrival, and having seen Mirco Antenucci finish the season as their top goalscorer with just ten goals, new manager Uwe Rosler may still want another striker - and the Championship may be more his level immediately than the Premier League.

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