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Everton and Martinez target Italian defender

Everton will today try and complete the signing of Davide Astori from Cagliari, but the centre-back is not without admirers as both Roma and AC Milan follow the international player.

Whilst uncertainly remains at Goodison Park as to whether or not Marouane Fellaini will still be with the club at the end of the day, manager Roberto Martinez is watching several players as the close of the window approaches.

Martinez has been reported to be following former Everton defender, Joleon Lescott who he sees as a possible recruit and one of Martinez’s former players, the Wigan midfielder James McCarthy but the main interest from the club now seems to be focused solely on Cagliari defender Davide Astori.

In a late bid to boost the Toffees defence, the manager is thought to be monitoring the 26 year-old centre-back, who is also being touted by both Roma and AC Milan with whom he was part of the youth team back in 2006.

Astori is a no nonsense centre back but also has the footwork to bring the ball out from the back and give his side options behind the midfield, a skill which could be useful if the blue half of Merseyside were to lose Fellaini to Manchester United.

The Italian, at 6ft2” is also good in the air both defensively and at set pieces, he scored his first goal for the national side in this seasons Confederations Cup game against Uraguay which finished 2-2.

He has been an ever-present with his current club since 2008 and has also represented Italy on five occasions.

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