Sunday, 2 November 2008

Everton To Make £6million January Move For The 'New Alessandro Nesta'?

Premier League club Everton are reportedly lining up a £6million bid for Napoli defender Fabiano Santacroce when the transfer window reopens in January, according to The News of the World.

Toffees boss David Moyes struggled to attract players to Goodison Park during the summer and has made no secret of the fact that he will need to strengthen the squad at the Merseyside club in January, with 22-year-old Santacroce top of his list to shore up a defence that has conceded 19 goals in 11 games so far in the Premiership this season.

Central-defender Santacroce only arrived at Napoli in January after impressing at rival Italian club Breschia in the previous two seasons, with the young defender’s performances for the Azzurri this year earning Santacroce a recent call up to Marcello Lippi’s Italian squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and Montenegro.

However, it remains to be seen if a reported £6million offer from Everton in January will be enough to persuade Napoli let the defender dubbed the ‘New Alessandro Nesta’ leave the Stadio San Paolo, with coach Edoardo Reja reluctant to let Santacroce leave a side that is amongst the early pacesetters in Serie A.

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