Southampton linked to £8m move for Italian defender Davide Astori

Davide Astori (13) playing for Italy in Euro 2012.

Davide Astori (13) playing for Italy in Euro 2012.

First published in Saints News

SAINTS have been linked with an Italian defender ahead of the opening of the January transfer window.

They are reported to have bid £8m for Calgiari centre half Davide Astori in a bid to shore up one of the Premier League’s most leaky defences.

Though Saints have recently tightened up at the back – prior to Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Stoke they had only let in six goals in eight games – they still have the second-worst record in the top flight.

Nigel Adkins only has three senior centre halves to choose from, and all of them played at Stoke.

Jose Fonte partnered the recalled Jos Hooiveld at the Britannia Stadium, with Maya Yoshida moved out to right back in place of Nathaniel Clyne as Adkins went for extra height to combat Stoke’s aerial assault.

Adkins currently has two centre halves out on loan - Danny Seaborne to Charlton Athletic and Aaron Martin to Crystal Palace.

Martin, who is on a season long loan at Selhurst Park, has not played for the Eagles since August.

Saints have also been linked again with Birmingham keeper Jack Butland, after having a £6m bid turned down last summer.

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8:46am Mon 31 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Crumbs the DE is busy this morning, wouldn't it be good if they introduced a couple of newbie signings on the pitch before kick off tomorrow evening? Good for morale and kick up the backside for the present squad members.
Crumbs the DE is busy this morning, wouldn't it be good if they introduced a couple of newbie signings on the pitch before kick off tomorrow evening? Good for morale and kick up the backside for the present squad members. OSPREYSAINT
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8:52am Mon 31 Dec 12

anderoo says...

Astori rejected a move to Spartak Moscow in the last transfer window, saying he wanted to stay where he was.
Astori rejected a move to Spartak Moscow in the last transfer window, saying he wanted to stay where he was. anderoo
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8:58am Mon 31 Dec 12

SaintMark says...

Napoli and Juventus are after him apparently so not much chance of this happening. But you never know :)
Napoli and Juventus are after him apparently so not much chance of this happening. But you never know :) SaintMark
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9:01am Mon 31 Dec 12

saintlysoul says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Crumbs the DE is busy this morning, wouldn't it be good if they introduced a couple of newbie signings on the pitch before kick off tomorrow evening? Good for morale and kick up the backside for the present squad members.
Here here Osprey!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Crumbs the DE is busy this morning, wouldn't it be good if they introduced a couple of newbie signings on the pitch before kick off tomorrow evening? Good for morale and kick up the backside for the present squad members.[/p][/quote]Here here Osprey!!!!!! saintlysoul
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9:09am Mon 31 Dec 12

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

FIFTEEN
FIFTEEN Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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9:19am Mon 31 Dec 12

ghk230473 says...

Asenal linked with shaw, £5m
Asenal linked with shaw, £5m ghk230473
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9:28am Mon 31 Dec 12

circa 66 saint says...

ghk230473 wrote:
Asenal linked with shaw, £5m
at that price they only want to borrow him not buy him
[quote][p][bold]ghk230473[/bold] wrote: Asenal linked with shaw, £5m[/p][/quote]at that price they only want to borrow him not buy him circa 66 saint
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9:36am Mon 31 Dec 12

kent141 says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
FIFTEEN
Morning Billy , are you meeting up with the lads tomorrow in the Josh ?
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: FIFTEEN[/p][/quote]Morning Billy , are you meeting up with the lads tomorrow in the Josh ? kent141
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9:42am Mon 31 Dec 12

Littleton-Saint says...

The continual newspaper speculation on Shaw moving to Arsenal is becoming quite boring because there is no substance in it. Both The player and Saints have voiced their commitment to one another, so it really is just a pathetic attempt to sell newspapers. £5m is also way short of what he's worth. The Butland and Astori deals are much more likely - they would as good as secure our continued Premiership status.
The continual newspaper speculation on Shaw moving to Arsenal is becoming quite boring because there is no substance in it. Both The player and Saints have voiced their commitment to one another, so it really is just a pathetic attempt to sell newspapers. £5m is also way short of what he's worth. The Butland and Astori deals are much more likely - they would as good as secure our continued Premiership status. Littleton-Saint
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9:48am Mon 31 Dec 12

insane saint says...

keep the arsenal manager away from our Luke.......
keep the arsenal manager away from our Luke....... insane saint
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10:01am Mon 31 Dec 12

Littleton-Saint says...

The only Saints' link to Arsenal worth reporting will be our revenge at St Mary's tomorrow. Let's show traitors Walcott and Oxo why they should have stayed at Saints.
The only Saints' link to Arsenal worth reporting will be our revenge at St Mary's tomorrow. Let's show traitors Walcott and Oxo why they should have stayed at Saints. Littleton-Saint
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10:31am Mon 31 Dec 12

saintlysoul says...

Littleton-Saint wrote:
The continual newspaper speculation on Shaw moving to Arsenal is becoming quite boring because there is no substance in it. Both The player and Saints have voiced their commitment to one another, so it really is just a pathetic attempt to sell newspapers. £5m is also way short of what he's worth. The Butland and Astori deals are much more likely - they would as good as secure our continued Premiership status.
I couldn't agree more let this young talent blossom further at Saints and let Saints benefit from the hard work they have done in making him the player that he is. Its about time Saints reaped the rewards of its harves rather than allowing other clubs to profit!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Littleton-Saint[/bold] wrote: The continual newspaper speculation on Shaw moving to Arsenal is becoming quite boring because there is no substance in it. Both The player and Saints have voiced their commitment to one another, so it really is just a pathetic attempt to sell newspapers. £5m is also way short of what he's worth. The Butland and Astori deals are much more likely - they would as good as secure our continued Premiership status.[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more let this young talent blossom further at Saints and let Saints benefit from the hard work they have done in making him the player that he is. Its about time Saints reaped the rewards of its harves rather than allowing other clubs to profit!!!! saintlysoul
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11:07am Mon 31 Dec 12

Saint. says...

All this is, is that French git wenger using the media again! Shaw is going no where and NC has already stated this sometime ago, and has also said the young talent is now here for Saints benifit now a days!

On the media front, wenger and the gooners really loved it when the tide was turned on them with Nasri and Van Persie being touted in the paper for moves!!

Time now Saints to show some charactor on the pitch and beat the arse in a professional way to one make stoke and fulham results mean something, and two to show the arse we can play football and watch out these coming seasons.

COYR!
All this is, is that French git wenger using the media again! Shaw is going no where and NC has already stated this sometime ago, and has also said the young talent is now here for Saints benifit now a days! On the media front, wenger and the gooners really loved it when the tide was turned on them with Nasri and Van Persie being touted in the paper for moves!! Time now Saints to show some charactor on the pitch and beat the arse in a professional way to one make stoke and fulham results mean something, and two to show the arse we can play football and watch out these coming seasons. COYR! Saint.
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11:10am Mon 31 Dec 12

Bpl333 says...

Littleton-Saint wrote:
The only Saints' link to Arsenal worth reporting will be our revenge at St Mary's tomorrow. Let's show traitors Walcott and Oxo why they should have stayed at Saints.
they are gonna open you up like a tin of beans...
[quote][p][bold]Littleton-Saint[/bold] wrote: The only Saints' link to Arsenal worth reporting will be our revenge at St Mary's tomorrow. Let's show traitors Walcott and Oxo why they should have stayed at Saints.[/p][/quote]they are gonna open you up like a tin of beans... Bpl333
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11:29am Mon 31 Dec 12

SFCSaint says...

watched this player many times in Serie A and he is of real quality great signing if we can pull it off!
watched this player many times in Serie A and he is of real quality great signing if we can pull it off! SFCSaint
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11:42am Mon 31 Dec 12

Hobson82 says...

I've seen a few clips of this guy and he does look quality. However, we are at the half way point and we need someone who can settle into Premier League life quickly. I don't think we have seen the best of Ramirez yet, and Yoshida is finally starting to look settled. At this stage of the season I think we would be better off going for someone like Matt Dawson. An experienced Premier League centre half.
I've seen a few clips of this guy and he does look quality. However, we are at the half way point and we need someone who can settle into Premier League life quickly. I don't think we have seen the best of Ramirez yet, and Yoshida is finally starting to look settled. At this stage of the season I think we would be better off going for someone like Matt Dawson. An experienced Premier League centre half. Hobson82
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12:04pm Mon 31 Dec 12

SaintinCanada says...

Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
FIFTEEN
.....days left until the next adjournment.
[quote][p][bold]Seedhouse the Unrepentant[/bold] wrote: FIFTEEN[/p][/quote].....days left until the next adjournment. SaintinCanada
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12:06pm Mon 31 Dec 12

saint63 says...

Dont you mean Les Dawson
Dont you mean Les Dawson saint63
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12:51pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Southampton boy says...

This one will not happen by the sound of it way woud a top layer come here?? would love to see it but sorry can,t see it happing.

But what we do need is 3 points tomorrow so COYR's give it your all as 2 points from 12 is no where good enough to keep us in the top flieght
This one will not happen by the sound of it way woud a top layer come here?? would love to see it but sorry can,t see it happing. But what we do need is 3 points tomorrow so COYR's give it your all as 2 points from 12 is no where good enough to keep us in the top flieght Southampton boy
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3:55pm Mon 31 Dec 12

warrens 76 says...

Bpl333 wrote:
Littleton-Saint wrote:
The only Saints' link to Arsenal worth reporting will be our revenge at St Mary's tomorrow. Let's show traitors Walcott and Oxo why they should have stayed at Saints.
they are gonna open you up like a tin of beans...
Wish I could do the same to you.
[quote][p][bold]Bpl333[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Littleton-Saint[/bold] wrote: The only Saints' link to Arsenal worth reporting will be our revenge at St Mary's tomorrow. Let's show traitors Walcott and Oxo why they should have stayed at Saints.[/p][/quote]they are gonna open you up like a tin of beans...[/p][/quote]Wish I could do the same to you. warrens 76
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6:34pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

ghk230473 wrote:
Asenal linked with shaw, £5m
20 million short matey!
[quote][p][bold]ghk230473[/bold] wrote: Asenal linked with shaw, £5m[/p][/quote]20 million short matey! Fatty x Ford Worker
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7:27pm Mon 31 Dec 12

warrens 76 says...

La Lupa should send some of their Lasagne when the good chef's on and tell him it's a just a like your a mamma makes....

Job done, no homesickness or nuffing...
La Lupa should send some of their Lasagne when the good chef's on and tell him it's a just a like your a mamma makes.... Job done, no homesickness or nuffing... warrens 76
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10:37pm Mon 31 Dec 12

batesieboy says...

Bpl333 wrote:
Littleton-Saint wrote:
The only Saints' link to Arsenal worth reporting will be our revenge at St Mary's tomorrow. Let's show traitors Walcott and Oxo why they should have stayed at Saints.
they are gonna open you up like a tin of beans...
Ha ha Bpll333 dirty little tw@t what name are you under now you pathetic loser??!!
[quote][p][bold]Bpl333[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Littleton-Saint[/bold] wrote: The only Saints' link to Arsenal worth reporting will be our revenge at St Mary's tomorrow. Let's show traitors Walcott and Oxo why they should have stayed at Saints.[/p][/quote]they are gonna open you up like a tin of beans...[/p][/quote]Ha ha Bpll333 dirty little tw@t what name are you under now you pathetic loser??!! batesieboy
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11:40pm Mon 31 Dec 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Bpl333 wrote:
Littleton-Saint wrote:
The only Saints' link to Arsenal worth reporting will be our revenge at St Mary's tomorrow. Let's show traitors Walcott and Oxo why they should have stayed at Saints.
they are gonna open you up like a tin of beans...
That was a bit silly Bpl333 bound to get a reaction, keep posts sensible and you won't encourage abuse.
[quote][p][bold]Bpl333[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Littleton-Saint[/bold] wrote: The only Saints' link to Arsenal worth reporting will be our revenge at St Mary's tomorrow. Let's show traitors Walcott and Oxo why they should have stayed at Saints.[/p][/quote]they are gonna open you up like a tin of beans...[/p][/quote]That was a bit silly Bpl333 bound to get a reaction, keep posts sensible and you won't encourage abuse. OSPREYSAINT
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