Sampdoria and Fiorentina liked with Aston Villa star

According to reports in the Gazzetta dello Sport, Aston Villa striker John Carew is a summer transfer target for both Sampdoria and Fiorentina.
The 31-year-old Norwegian has become surplus to requirements at Villa Park, falling out of favour with new coach Gerard Houllier who seems to prefer Emile Heskey leading his attack. The big striker is out of contract next June and will be available to start negotiations on a free transfer from next February.
Carew is no stranger to Serie A having spent one year on loan with Roma in 2003/04. He made only 20 appearances in his time in the capital but managed to find the net on six occasions. Sampdoria could see him as a replacement for Giampaolo Pazzini should the striker leave for pastures new next term, whilst Fiorentina would do likewise if they fail to convince Alberto Gilardino to stay in Tuscany.

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