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Sebastian Giovinco could be the perfect signing for the Premier League

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Premier League sides would have already drawn up various shortlists of potential targets for the upcoming January transfer window and while these mid-season deals do not always work out, Italian Sebastian Giovinco fits the bill perfectly.

His brilliant year in the MLS for Toronto FC has shown he has still got the talent it takes to succeed at a top European league.

There is undoubtedly a number of Premier League sides who could do with a goalscorer like Giovinco. The likes of Swansea and Newcastle will be looking for a man capable of keeping them in the division, and they could do much worse than the 28-year-old.

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He is also unlikely to be the most expensive option, with very few players costing hefty fees to entice their clubs to let them leave the MLS.

There are obvious examples of players who have crossed the Atlantic only to have real problems adapting to the Premier League. One of these happens to be a teammate of Giovinco - Jozy Altidore.

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The American striker has spent time at Sunderland and Hull City but failed at both clubs. During his time in England, he played 70 Premier League games but just two goals.

In the MLS, he has been a huge success, but when it comes to England’s top-flight, he just couldn’t recreate his top form.

Giovinco, however, does have experience in one of Europe’s top leagues. The Italian spent eight seasons in Serie A with Juventus, along with loan spells at Empoli and Parma.

In that time he played over 150 games, scoring 40 goals. He was never a prolific goal scorer, but spent much of his time in Italy playing on the wing. Despite his small stature at just 5ft 4in, Giovinco was always capable of doing a job for his side.

During the 2015 MLS season, Giovinco scored 22 goals, including a magnificent individual strike against the New York Red Bulls.

He also proved that he had the ability to provide individual brilliance regardless of what his teammates are doing, with ten of his goals coming from outside the penalty area - no one else managed more than four.

The former Juventus man also provided more assists than anyone else, laying on 11 goals for his team.

Giovinco could be the difference for a Premier League side in the second half of the season, and could be worth risk for around £10 million.

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