Everton in four-way fight for Italian defender Astori as Saints join race

Everton and Southampton in four-way fight for 8m-rated Italian defender Astori

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10:38 GMT, 31 December 2012

Everton and Southampton have targeted Italian defender Davide Astori ahead of the opening of the January transfer window.

The 25-year-old Cagliari centre back – valued at 8million – is also wanted by Juventus and Napoli after impressing since signing from AC Milan.

Southampton are in particular need of defensive reinforcements after conceding 37 goals in 19 Premier League games.

Wanted: Southampton and Everton are keen on Davide Astori (left)

Wanted: Southampton and Everton are keen on Davide Astori (left)