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 Wednesday, 18 December, 2002, 17:47 GMT
Fulham head Batistuta chase
Gabriel Batistuta (left) in action against England
Batistuta has struggled to get in the Roma side
Fulham are reportedly the favourites to sign Argentine striker Gabriel Batistuta, according to the player's agent.

Batistuta wants leave Roma next summer and move to the Premiership and West Ham and Chelsea have also been linked with the forward.

But Batistuta's agent, Settimio Aloisio, has told an Italian newspaper that Fulham are currently heading the list of possible clubs to move to in England.

His children, his wife and Gabriel are all studying English

Settimio Aloisio, Batistuta's agent

Aloisio claims the Argentine legend, his country's top scorer at international level, plans to quit Italian football after 12 seasons.

Aloisio has been told by Batistuta to find him a high-profile English club.

While he would prefer to play in London, the former Fiorentina frontman would consider a move out of the capital.

"His family want to go to England. His children, his wife and Gabriel are all studying English," said Aloisio.

Interest has not come exclusively from England though, with a possible switch to the Primera Liga or J-League also an option.

He could even stay in Serie A, but that is not where his ambitions lie.

Batistuta's contract with Roma expires next summer, and coach Fabio Capello has been grooming youngster Antonio Cassano to replace him in the first team this season.

Roma have a wealth of attacking options, making Batistuta disposable once his contract comes to an end.

He has made just five starts in the league this season, but has still managed four goals, despite being mostly used off the bench.

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15 Jun 02 | Argentina
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