Tottenham boost: Belgian target put up for sale and told 'he must go'

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Cagliari have told Radja Nainggolan that he will be allowed to leave in the January transfer window.

With the ever-increasing amount of Belgian players in the Premier League, the sizeable contingent may well be set to get slightly bigger in the January transfer window.

Cagliari box-to-box midfield man Radja Nainggolan has been on the radar of a number of English clubs for some time now, but it appears that the star could finally be set for a switch to the Premier League.

Both Southampton and Tottenham have been linked with a move for the Belgium international in recent times, with a twist being announced in the player’s future.

Cagliari president Massimo Cellino has admitted that the player has been put up for sale as the Serie A club are struggling financially.

“Nainggolan will definitely go. Not even in January, he can go tomorrow,” the executive admitted.

“He has six or seven clubs looking for him and I can’t keep hold of him again. It’s not an issue of money, as even if they give me less than his price-tag, he’ll still go. If he doesn’t want to go, I’ll send him away.

“We play in a stadium worthy of Serie C, the players had to travel all around Italy for two years because we weren’t allowed a home stadium. I can’t keep anyone in these conditions.

“From tomorrow anyone who wants to leave Cagliari is free to do so. Those who remain do so only if they want to and that’s their problem. I wouldn’t stay in this situation.

“Does that apply to Davide Astori too? It applies to everyone, I don’t rule anybody out.”

Cellino’s comments will come of interest to a number of sides in both England and Italy, with Nainggolan looking set for a move to a bigger club.

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