Italian press: Aston Villa offer Alessandro Diamanti shock return to Premier League

Aston Villa are reportedly pursuing Italian playmaker Alessandro Diamanti.

According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport, Aston Villa have made a proposal to veteran playmaker Alessandro Diamanti.

Villa have been active in the transfer market this summer, bringing in eight new signings as Tim Sherwood shapes his squad following the key exits of Tom Cleverley, Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke.

It now seems that Sherwood is hoping to bring in more new faces, with reports in Italy suggesting that the Villa boss has his eye on former West Ham flop Alessandro Diamanti.

Gazzetta Dello Sport suggest that Diamanti, 32, is looking to leave Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande in a bid to return to Europe having enjoyed a loan spell with Fiorentina last season.

The report states that Aston Villa, as well as Watford, have made a proposal to Diamanti about a possible move back to England, five years after leaving West Ham.

Towards the end of last season, Sherwood used a narrow diamond in midfield, using Jack Grealish at the tip of the diamond behind two strikers.

That's a position where Diamanti thrives, and Sherwood may believe that adding an experienced head can help nurture the controversial Grealish - whilst Diamanti can also offer something on the pitch.

A skilful playmaker with superb ability from set pieces, Diamanti may be over 30 but he is technically gifted, and he could make a real impact at Villa in his second spell in England - should Villa manage to sign him.

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