Southampton inch closer to land Cagliari defender, Davide Astori

Southampton inch closer to land Cagliari defender, Davide Astori


Southampton have struck the first blow in the battle for Italy international defender Davide Astori.

The Saints are fighting with Liverpool to sign the Cagliari player with the higher first bid going in from Southampton.

It puts them in the driving seat if Cagliari are trying to offload the player this January. However, initial reports of the story suggest Southampton are still a long way off the desired asking price of £12 million which the Serie A club are thought to be demanding.

It may be a price which Southampton are happy and willing to eventually pay considering they had one of the worst defensive records in the Premier League over the first half of the season as they conceded 37 goals.

The news that Southampton are still some way short of the valuation of Davide Astori means there is time for Liverpool to recover and put in a second bid if they desire.

Although, Liverpool have already spent £12 million of the reported £20 million they had available this January on Daniel Sturridge.

Davide Astori is thought to be viewed by Brendan Rodgers as a long term replacement for current veteran and Anfield legend Jamie Carragher who has been forced to a few domestic cup and Europa League appearances this season.

Southampton could also find it problematic to persuade Astori to sign for them considering that they look destined to be locked in the relegation battle for much of this campaign.

However, Cagliari are in a similar position sitting 18th in Serie A so any move away is unlikely to harm his chance for the national team in the near future.

Reports from Italy have suggested that Davide Astori would consider joining Southampton if the personal terms are sufficient although he would appear to prefer a much more high profile move to Anfield meaning a greater chance of winning silverware in England.

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Lewis Doe is a freelance sports writer and editor who has been working in the industry for over three years. Lewis graduated from a degree in journalism at City University, London in the summer of 2009. Lewis has worked for some of the biggest football opinion and news sites in the world including FootballFanCast and International.


  1. love the article and the reference of the high profile liverpool fc who will undoutbly be challenging for the champions league as this iswhat their fans demand, with silverware high on their list of meritss.
    Realistically when was the last time liverpool challenged for the champions league or indeed acquire any silverware. In the seventies and eighties Liverpool were a team , manchester city even to an extent united and definately not Chelsea were challenging them consistently but over a season now in the year 2013 can they honestly challenge anyone of these clubs, the answer is no so it is biase reporting to put in such opinions, it is now past glory. Actually they cannot even compete with Southampton fc transfer budget as shown with gaston ramirez. Southampton is a team that is in the ascendancy disregarding our current position with survival this season we will consolidate and bolster over the next few and who is to say is the bigger in the coming years.
    Liverpool have no devine right to be a big club or the biggest club in the land as shown with the three examples I have given.
    When they are right at the pinacle as before them start giving opinions otherwise it it it discourteous to the clubs and their supporters about who you are competing with after all they are not top of the league and in the near future they are not likely to end the season there either

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