Everton and Southampton in four-way fight for 8m-rated Italian defender Astori
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)
On the comeback trail: Bendtner undergoes successful surgery on thigh injury but still out for two months
12:28 GMT, 18 December 2012
Bendtner leaving hospital after the surgery
Juventus striker Nicklas Bendtner has undergone successful surgery on a thigh injury, the Serie A club have confirmed.
The on-loan Arsenal forward was treated in London by Arsenal consultant Ernest Schilders after suffering the injury in last week’s Coppa Italia meeting with Cagliari.
A statement on Juve’s official website confirmed that the 24-year-old has had the adductor longus tendon in his left thigh reinserted, with his prognosis and rehabilitation schedule to be verified with English doctors over the next few days.
Bendtner, who is likely to miss at least two months, has been a peripheral figure since joining the Italian champions on a season-long loan this summer.
Bendtner underwent successful surgery in London