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Italian Giants Eyeing Transfer Swoop For Former Liverpool Striking Target

Fiorentina are interested in signing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke…

Serie A giants Fiorentina are preparing an ambitious January move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, who has previously attracted interest from the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal.

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Reports in the Italian press claim that Fiorentina are keen to strengthen their forward line, and are admirers of the Belgian international, who has recently returned to the Villa side after a long-term injury.

The news could come as a blow to the Premier League trio, who were all rumoured to be interested as recently as May this year by the Daily Express, when all three were on the lookout for fresh striking talent.

Liverpool will have undoubtedly been watching on with interest as Benteke returned to action, having also been turned away in their pursuits to sign the player in 2013.

The 23-year-old has scored 29 goals in 61 league games for Villa – impressive numbers considering the team’s struggles in recent years. And with the likes of Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert struggling for form, the Reds could yet rival the Italian’s interest.

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