By Will Butcher
Roberto Di Matteo wants to make Wales international Hal Robson-Kanu one of his first Aston Villa signings, according to a report.
After starring in Wales’ opening Euro 2016 game by scoring the winner against Slovakia, Robson-Kanu has attracted the interest of many clubs.
The Daily Star claim Villa are keen to sign the striker but will have to fend off interest from their Midlands counterparts West Brom as well as Scottish champions Celtic.
The ex-Reading striker is now without a club after running down his contract at The Madjeski Stadium, which means he will be available on a free transfer this summer.
However, Di Matteo will have to move quickly as it’s reported that Celtic are keen to offer the former Arsenal trainee a deal as soon as possible.
The Italian has been promised a £30million transfer kitty by new owner Tony Xia in a bid to revive the club, and financially could be able to match West Brom and Celtic’s offers.
Villa’s new assistant manager Steve Clarke also worked with the English-born striker at Reading in 2015-16, and this could prove pivotal in Robson-Kanu’s decision.
The versatile forward struggled for goals in domestic competition this season, only finding the net three times in 28 Championship appearances.
In other Aston Villa news, Di Matteo wants to strengthen his goalkeeping department by bringing in this Premier League ace.