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Burdisso to Genoa opens Roma door for Everton man

Argentine defender Nicolas Burdisso has left Roma for Genoa, paving the way for Everton defender John Heitinga to replace him.

Genoa have pounced for Roma defender Nicolas Burdisso and the Giallorossi are likely to turn to Everton's John Heitinga as a quick, cheap replacement.

Roma are still in the title race in Serie A but they trail leaders Juventus by eight points and need a spectacular second half of the season.

Burdisso had made his intention to leave the Italian capital clear as he wasn't getting regular first-team football and feared he may miss out on a place at this summer's World Cup.

A deal has been agreed with Genoa, who also moved to sign Marco Motta from Juventus on loan until the end of the season.

The departure of Burdisso leaves a gap in Roma's defensive cover and they will need to fill it quickly to prevent any disruption to their Scudetto bid.

Everton's Heitinga has been on the Roma radar for some time and could be on his way to the Eternal City very soon.

Reports in Il Messaggero suggest that Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini's first action after agreeing the sale of Burdisso was to check on the status of Heitinga.

Heitinga has reportedly rejected moves to West Ham and Newcastle United in order to wait for Roma's approach and he recently stressed his desire to play for the Italian outfit.

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