Saturday January 5 2013
Saints close on Astori

Italian media claim Southampton are close to securing a deal for sought-after Cagliari defender Davide Astori, though Napoli are still in the hunt.

The Italian international is on the market after Cagliari publicly confirmed they have financial difficulties.

Astori is also wanted by the likes of Napoli, Everton and Juventus, but the Saints appear to be in the lead.

According to the Italian newspapers, Southampton have offered €10m, whereas Cagliari are holding out for €12m.

There are also suggestions that Astori has failed to agree contract terms with the English club, letting Napoli back into the race.

Southampton have already done business with Serie A over the summer, bringing in Gaston Ramirez from Bologna.

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