Report: Aston Villa and Leeds United target Felipe Avenatti decides he wants England switch

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Watford are also said to be keen on the giant Uruguayan.

Reports in Italy today suggest that Leeds United and Aston Villa linked star Felipe Avenatti has decided he wants to play his football in England next year, with Watford also believed to be in the race for the player.

The giant centre-forward joined Italian side Ternana in 2013 from River Plate and the Uruguayan has gone on to carve a reputation for himself in the Italian leagues.

The report from Tutto Mercato Web claims he has pulled the plug over a protracted move to Cagliari and wants to head to England – with Villa, Leeds and Watford reportedly keen.

Aston Villa were linked previously.

TalkSPORT reported in June that Villa had got in touch about a potential £3 million move for the player.

Leeds have also been openly linked. The Daily Star reported in June that Leeds were set to sign the player for £3 million, but neither deal ever came off.

Watford’s apparent interest appears to be relatively fresh, but they have a good track record recruiting from Italy and recently signed a fellow Uruguayan in Miguel Britos of Napoli.

Who needs him most?

Villa have just sold Christian Benteke to Liverpool so need a striker. Avenatti however may seem a tad small-fry for their current taste.

Leeds would love him at the club but at that price and with strikers coming out of their ears, they are unlikely to swoop.

Watford are also not desperate for a striker. Matej Vydra, Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo could easily do a job in the Premier League but perhaps one more couldn’t hurt.

It will be interesting to see where exactly Avenatti ends up this season.

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