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Everton and Tottenham face battle for Italian defender

Andrea RanocchiaEverton and Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern have been arguing amongst themselves for the past few days about who should secure the signing of a talented Italian international- but they now face a further threat to their ambitions.

The Liverpool Echo cites claims from Italy that AC Milan are ready to join both Premier League clubs in the pursuit of Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia, who is surplus to requirements for Roberto Mancini’s side.

Ranocchia was sensationally stripped of the Inter captaincy over the summer and is yet to start a Serie A game this term, making five appearances off the bench.

Everton and Tottenham want to bring the Italian defender to the Premier League but AC Milan are preparing to offer a move that would allow him to stay-put in his current city, as they eye a loan swoop in January.

Punters in the bar are furious as Milan seems the likely destination for the 27-year-old, has he would not have to relocate or adapt to a different style of domestic football.

Everton and Spurs fans, will you be gutted if your club misses out on this signing? Let us know in the comments!

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