Italian international joins Watford.
Watford have taken their summer transfer signings to twelve, with the announcement that Alessando Diamanti has joined the Hornets on a season long loan, from Guangzhou Evergrande.
You may remember the 32-year-old from his time at West Ham United, where he scored 8 goals in 32 appearances during the course of the 2009-10 season. His performances meant that he finished as the runner-up to Scott Parker, in the Hammers Player Of The Year award for that season.
Diamanti is an attacking midfielder, who can play in the number-10 position behind the striker, or as a winger if need be. He has also been capped 17 times by Italy and has one international goal to his name.
He started his career with Prato in his native Italy. He spent time on loan at Empoli, Fucecchio, Florentia Viola and Albino Leffe, before he finally made his break through with Prato.
After a spell at Livoro, Diamanti moved to West Ham in August 2009. He was to score eight goals in 32 appearances, in what proved to be his one and only season with the Hammers.
He returned to Italy with Brescia in August 2010 and scored 6 goals in 32 appearances over the course of the 2010/11 season.
After one year at Brescia, the attacking midfielder moved to Bologna in August 2011. Diamanti proved to be a hit, scoring 19 goals in 83 appearances.
He swapped Italy for China in February 2014, accepting the chance to join Guangzhou Evergrande, for a fee believed to be in the region of 6.9 million euros.
Diamanti returned to Italy for the second half of the 2014/15 season, as he secured a loan move to Fiorentina. The 32-year old made 15 appearances, scoring twice, helping the Serie A side to secure a 4th place finish
The former Italian international has now accepted the chance to join the Hornets in the Barclay’s Premier League and he will remain at Vicarage Road on loan for the remainder of the season.
The signing of Diamanti could be a good one from Watford FC. He brings a wealth of experience to Quique Sanchez Flores’ side and knows what it is like to play in the Premier League, after his exploits at West Ham United during the 2009/10 season.
His versatility at being able to play behind the striker or out on the wing, could be handy for Watford over the course of the season, as they continue to play in the 4-2-3-1 formation.
The fact he is a set-piece specialist could prove to be useful for the Golden Boys over the course of the season as well, giving that corner’s and crosses into the box, were issues for the Hornets during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
Welcome to Watford Alessandro!