Aston Villa are interested in Espanyol striker Dani Osvaldo.

The Argentine-born Italy U21 international has only just returned from long-term injury.

Cadena Ser says Villa scouts are following Osvaldo's progress with the view to recommending his signing to manager Gerard Houllier in the summer.

Osvaldo, a centre-forward, is under consideration at Villa as a foil for £24 million striker Darren Bent.

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