Report: Inter Milan hoping Newcastle and Tottenham make bids for Andrea Ranocchia

Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia is heading towards a January exit.

According to Calcio Mercato, Inter Milan are hoping that Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham will make bids to sign defender Andrea Ranocchia in January.

Inter overhauled their squad over the summer, with Roberto Mancini bringing in the likes of Martin Montoya, Jeison Murillo, Joao Miranda, Alex Telles, Felipe Melo, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Adem Ljajic, Ivan Perisic and Stevan Jovetic, and it now seems that Inter need to sell in order to balance the books.

Calcio Mercato report that Inter are looking to offload centre back Andrea Ranocchia on a permanent basis rather than a loan, in order to bring in much needed funds.

Ranocchia, 27, has fallen out of favour under Mancini, and it seems that Premier League interest could prise him away from the San Siro.

Calcio Mercato's report states that Inter are hoping for bids from three Premier league clubs in January - Everton, Newcastle and Tottenham - as they look to sell Ranocchia.

Everton lost Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz, but did sign Ramiro Funes Mori from River Plate, with manager Roberto Martinez potentially looking for a more experienced centre back during the transfer window.

Meanwhile, Newcastle signed Chancel Mbemba over the summer, but with Fabricio Coloccini still struggling for form, Italian centre back Ranocchia could offer a veteran presence alongside the youthful, athletic Mbemba.

Finally, Tottenham moving for another centre back would be a surprise considering they signed Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer over the summer, but if Federico Fazio leaves in January, manager Mauricio Pochettino may look to bring in another big defender - and the 6ft 5in Ranocchia would fit the bill.

Whether any of those three clubs do indeed bid for Ranocchia remains to be seen, but Inter are clearly looking to let him leave in the New Year, and a move to England may be possible.

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