Watford Enter Negotiations with Forward Alessandro Diamanti

Newly promoted Watford are now in negotiations to sign forward Alessandro Diamanti from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.

The 32-year-old is no stranger to the Premier League having spent the 2009/10 campaign with West Ham United. Despite only being with the club for a season, the Italian became a fan favourite in the east end. He helped the Hammers stay in the league, scoring eight times from 28 appearances.

It now seems the task of Premier League survival could be up for Diamanti again, this time with 2014/15 Championship winners Watford in their first season back in the Premier League since 2006.

New Hornets boss Quique Flores has been the busiest manager in the transfer window so far in the window, adding 10 new players at Vicarage Road.

On Tuesday it was rumoured that Aston Villa and The Hornets were set to battle it out for the forward, who was on loan at Italian side Fiorentina. Alessandro Diamanti has two years left to serve of his contract in China, with any move to the Premier League likely to command a six figure fee.

The Italian may also be remembered for scoring the winning penalty for Italy in their Euro 2012 quarter-final shootout victory over England.