2015 FA Cup finalists Aston Villa, who put together an excellent string of results following the appointment of Tim Sherwood last season, are now in talks with Italian playmaker Alessandro Diamanti according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.
Diamanti is currently contracted to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande but what would be of interest for Villa fans is the fact that in the 2014-15 season he played for Fiorentina during a season long loan and may be tempted to link up again with ex-team mate Micah Richards who also joined the midlands club in the summer.
Tim Sherwood would want to add some pedigree to his attacking ranks following the departures of Delph and Benteke, which is why any move for Diamanti makes sense.
The Italian has played in the Premier League in the past when he was briefly associated with West Ham in 2009. According to the report, Premier League new boys Watford are also interested in Diamanti.