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Inter and Fiorentina eye Saints star

Reports suggest that Serie A sides Inter and Fiorentina are considering bringing Southampton's Gaston Ramirez back to Italy.

Gaston Ramirez is a transfer target for Inter and Fiorentina after failing to settle in the Premier League at Southampton.

The Uruguayan international's first European club were Bologna where he spent two years and made a name for himself.

In August 2012, Ramirez signed for Southampton in a deal worth approximately £12m, but he has found life in England tough and isn't regarded as a key player by manager Mauricio Pochettino.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Ramirez is hoping to return to Italy sooner rather than later in order to protect his chances of being selected for Uruguay's World Cup 2014 squad, should they secure qualification, and could be ready to move as soon as January.

Inter have reportedly put Ramirez on a list of players to consider for the winter window and the Nerazzurri are in need of serious reinforcements if they are to relaunch their mediocre season.

The Nerazzurri have a new owner in Indonesian investor Erick Thohir and he is expected to provide a significant war chest at the start of the New Year.

Meanwhile, Tuttomercatoweb believes Fiorentina are also preparing a bid which could match Inter's, giving him a choice of destination.

One of the Viola's main battles in January will be preventing Colombian midfield ace Juan Cuadrado leaving Tuscany. It's not clear whether or not the arrival of Ramirez would be dependent on losing Cuadrado, who is reportedly wanted by Arsenal and several other top European clubs.

Florence may be the preferable destination for Ramirez given its proximity to Bologna where he reportedly felt very settled - the cities are just over 60 miles apart.

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