Report: Aston Villa, Leeds and Watford linked Felipe Avenatti's Cagliari switch is back on

The giant Uruguayan looks increasingly likely to remain in Italy this season.

Reports in Italy today are suggesting that reported Aston Villa, Leeds United and Watford target Felipe Avenatti is back on the cards for Italian side Cagliari.

It has been previously claimed the club were out of the running for the player, but their president Tomasso Giulini has confirmed today that Avenatti is back on the cards, as reported by Corriere dell Umbria.

Earlier this month 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.

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.

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 appeared to be relatively fresh, but they have a good track record recruiting from Italy.

It now seems that his dream move to England is not on the cards and that he is back in the crosshairs of Cagliari - where Serie B football would await him once again.

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