Fuller could have been a Hornet

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ASTON VILLA have been linked with a move for Preston North End striker Ricardo Fuller and planetfootball.com can reveal that manager Graham Taylor almost signed the Jamaican for Watford.

Fuller was flown over to England by agent Barry McIntosh - the man who first brought him to the attention of managers in Britain.

Taylor watched Fuller along with coach Luther Blissett, but they failed to secure a deal and he ended up at Charlton.

Taylor is now said to be eyeing the player again and Blissett confirmed to planetfootball.com that he could have been a Hornet.

"I had a phone call from Barry regarding it, he told me he had contact with several Jamaican players," Blissett revealed. 

"And we were interested - I had heard the name Fuller before and knew he was a good young player.

"We looked into details of his background and we tried to sort out a few things to get him to Watford.

"For some reason it never worked out, which was a shame. 

"He has been playing well for Preston, I have watched him closely - he would have been a great asset to us at Watford, we needed a centre forward at the time and he would have been great."

Fuller is now being looked at by the likes of Villa, Everton and Leeds, after his summer move to Preston.

The giant target-man has bagged nine goals in 18 leagues games for North End this season and is quickly becoming one of the most feared strikers outside The Premiership.