There are reports coming out of Italy that AC Milan will join the race to try to sign Inter-Milan center back Andrea Ranocchia in January, after he has lost his place in the Inter side and is no longer captain.
Andrea doesn’t seem to be wanted by Inter coach Roberto Mancini, and it looks like he will be on his way during the January transfer window.
Andrea Ranocchia – 27 year-old Italian International
The Italian International center back joined Inter from Genoa in January of 2011 and he has made a total of 161 appearances with 9 goals for Milan club and has 20 full caps for Italy.
It’s fairly rare for Italians to want to leave their home country to play elsewhere, but Ranocchia is a good player and could help strengthen the Newcastle defense in January.
Our defense seems to be as leaky as ever this season with 17 goals already conceded in eight Premier League games and having shipped six goal at the Etihad last Saturday
Tottenham and Southampton are the other two Premier League clubs interested in signing the 27 year-old.
There are rumors that Ranocchia would prefer to stay in Italy so if the news on AC Milan is accurate he could make the move over to the other Milan club.
The Italian is 6’5″ tall and would add some height, skill and resilience to Newcastle’s central defense, something we are sorely missing at the moment.
6’4″ Joel Matip of Schalke and 6’3″ Robin Knoche of Wolfsburg are other center backs Newcastle have been linked with in the January transfer window.
If Newcastle cannot start winning some games shortly the upcoming transfer window will be extremely important if we are to retain our Premier League status.
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