Reported Tottenham, Southampton and Leeds target set to move to Lazio

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Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton and Leeds United have missed out on the signing of Davide Astori, with the defender set for a move to Lazio

Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United have missed out on the signing of Cagliari defender Davide Astori, according to TalkSPORT.

Astori was reportedly on Tottenham's and Leeds’ list of potential signings this summer transfer window, and linked with Southampton in January and last summer, but it appears that their efforts to secure the highly-rated defender have proved fruitless.

The 27-year-old was also thought to be interesting the likes of Juventus, AC Milan and Roma, but Lazio have emerged as the favourites to sign Astori.

The Italian club’s sporting director, Igli Tare, has even gone on record to state that the centre-back is keen on a move to the Stadio Olimpico, saying: “Astori wants to come, and we're talking with Cagliari to find an agreement."

Astori was a mainstay in the Cagliari side last season and has also made seven appearances for Italy in his career so far, so it always seems liked an ambitious acquisition for Leeds, but Spurs will be frustrated by his decision to head elsewhere.

The North-London club are known to be on the look-out for a centre-back as Maurico Pochettino looks to bolster a defensive line that was particularly porous last season. 

Spurs have also been linked with making moves for Dejan Lovren and Hector Moreno, who can play in the centre-back position, in recent times and will be hoping to have more success in their future pursuits. 

Leeds, meanwhile, have been busy spending the funds that have been generated from Ross McCormack’s £11 million departure to Fulham.

The Whites have already signed Marco Silvestri and Stuart Taylor, whilst Tommaso Bianchi, Jonathan Rossini and Souleymane Doukara are all expected to be officially unveiled as Leeds United players in the near future.

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