Catania line up QPR midfielder

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Serie A strugglers Catania are preparing to swoop for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Samba Diakité, according to Italian media reports.

Catania are propping up Serie A with 13 points and in dire need of reinforcements, the first of whom may be Mali international Samba Diakité.

The Sicilian side recorded a crucial 2-0 win over Bologna last weekend but remain embroiled in a relegation dogfight.

A lack of attacking threat has been a major problem for the Elefanti, who have managed just 12 goals all season - the fewest in Serie A.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Catania are ready to turn to the winter market and one of their primary targets is Queens Park Rangers' Diakité.

The 24-year-old arrived at Loftus Road from French side Nancy in January 2012, initially on loan but the deal was made permanent for a fee believed to be around £3.5m at the end of the 2011-12 campaign.

Diakité's first QPR goal remains arguably his most memorable moment at the club as he netted the winning goal in a 2-1 win over Arsenal back in March 2012.

Of late Diakité has struggled to make his mark at QPR and it is believed that he would welcome a chance to shine in Serie A.

Catania scouts are said to have been watching him over the last few months and have been impressed with what they have seen.

The Sicilian side are also set to welcome Fabian Rinaudo to the club from Sporting Lisbon.

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