Giuseppe Rossi's agent has put a string of clubs, including Tottenham, on red alert after revealing that the striker plans to leave Villarreal.
Former Manchester United forward Rossi has excelled since leaving Old Trafford in 2007, establishing himself as a key part of the Italian national team set-up, and has scored 54 goals over the past three seasons, despite seeing his 2011/12 campaign ravaged by injury.
The 25-year-old suffered two separate anterior cruciate ligament injuries last term and is not expected to return to first-team action until February 2013.
Villarreal struggled in Rossi’s absence, and were relegated to the second tier of Spanish football. And Rossi’s representative Federico Pastorello has handed the Spanish club a blow by revealing that his client does not intend to play in the Segunda Division.
"I’m not worried because I’m conscious that interest in Rossi will start in the latter part of the window. He is calm and has his contract. Villarreal is in [league] B, but he will not play in B," Pastorello is quoted as saying in Gazzetta dello Sport.
Serie A giants AC Milan are thought to be considering an offer for Rossi, while Spurs boss Andre Villas-boas, who is on the look-out for a new forward, could revive his side’s interest in the Italian.