Report: Aston Villa, Everton to watch Gent's Laurent Depoitre in Champions League action

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Gent's Laurent Depoitre is attracting plenty of interest from Premier League clubs.

According to the Daily Mail, a host of Premier League scouts, including those from Aston Villa and Everton, will watch Gent in Champions League action tonight as they assess Laurent Depoitre.

Depoitre, 26, is something of a late bloomer in Belgium, having risen from the likes of Tournai, Peruwelz, Eendracht Aalst and Oostende to eventually get his big move to Gent in 2014.

With 14 goals last season, the burly target man has certainly made an impression with Gent, whilst he has also found the net seven times this season.

His exploits with Gent handed him his first call up to the Belgian national team, and he marked it in style with a debut goal against Andorra, capping off a sensational start to the season.

Since then though, Depoitre has found life much tougher in front of goal, and he is now on a ten-game goal drought - but that isn't stopping Premier League clubs from pursuing his signature.

The Daily Mail report that, with Gent set to face Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League this evening, a host of Premier League scouts are set to watch the giant 6ft 3in target man in action.

It's stated that Aston Villa and Everton are interested in Depoitre and will assess his performance, whilst Crystal Palace, Leicester, Southampton, Tottenham and West Brom will also be scouting him tonight.

With Villa struggling for goals this season, Depoitre could be seen as the solution to Remi Garde's problems, whilst Everton may look for more cover for Depoitre's international team-mate Romelu Lukaku, who has been in stunning form this season.

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