Italian striker Paolo Di Canio, out of contract at Charlton Athletic and yet to agree a new deal, is wanted by English Second Division side Brentford.

The fiery 35-year-old joined Charlton from West Ham United in a one-season deal last August.

"I can confirm that I have genuine interest in bringing Paolo Di Canio to Brentford," manager Martin Allen told the west London club's website today.

"I will be discussing with the board early next week hoping that we can put a financial package together that would make it acceptable, just for one year, for Paolo to join us."

Di Canio, who has also played for Sheffield Wednesday, Celtic and a host of top Italian clubs, made 23 league starts for Charlton this season, scoring four goals.

Filed by Aidan O'Doherty