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Parma have revealed they are keen to sign Sweden striker Andreas Andersson this summer. "He is a player we have our eye on," revealed director of sport Giorgio Bottaro on Tuesday. "In fact, we hope to sign three or four forwards."

The Serie A giants are keen to rebuild after a difficult season and technical director Arrigo Sacchi is believed to be behind the move for AIK star Andersson.

The former Italy coach brought Andersson to AC Milan, but the Swede failed to adjust to Italian football and left to join Newcastle United, where he also struggled.

He has been reinvigorated since returning to Sweden, though. He has scored five goals in six games for AIK this season and is in the squad for the World Cup.

Andersson's contract expires at the end of the Swedish season in December, but AIK are determined to hang on to their man.

"This is the first time I have heard about this," said director of sport Stefan Soderberg. "We would like to keep Andreas for another three years, maybe even four or five."

Andersson himself admits he is tempted to try and erase the memory of his failure abroad. "I am a better player now," he insisted to Aftonbladet. "The last time I was only 23 and had not played that much in the Swedish league.

"I have more experience now and know what is required. I am 28 and I feel that is a good age to move abroad."

Parma's interest was as much of a surprise for Andersson as it was for AIK. "Obviously, it is flattering. But they seem to be interested in a lot of players, so we will have to wait and see how serious it is," said the blond striker.

"I talked to Jeppe (Jesper Blomqvist) when he was there and of course Tomas Brolin had some good years there. Maybe Parma is a good club for Swedes…"
 
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