Rumour mill: Italian defender Andrea Ranocchia reported to have turned down £8.3m move to Norwich City

Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia, left, challenges for the ball with AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia, left, challenges for the ball with AC Milan forward Mario Balotelli during the Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and AC Milan at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Friday, January 10, 2014
9:36 AM

Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia has reportedly turned down a transfer to Norwich City.

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Analysis: Are Norwich City in the market for a new centre-back?

Andrea Ranocchia may have reportedly turned down an £8.3m move to Norwich City but is news of an approach from the Canaries a telling indicator?

The centre-back’s agent is said to have been approached about the move, so is City boss Chris Hughton scouring the continent for a new defender?

Only Fulham have conceded more goals than the Canaries in the Premier League so far this term, conceding 44, with City tied as second worst on 32 goals with Sunderland.

With Hughton confirming yesterday that Michael Turner has a hamstring injury which will rule him out for “a number of weeks”, he could well need defensive reinforcement.

Sebastien Bassong has struggled to find the same consistency which earned him the club’s player of the season award in 2012/13 and 23-year-old Ryan Bennett has had a mixed season when called upon.

Hughton appears to prefer Russell Martin at right-back and Spanish centre-back Dani Ayala, 23, looks set to extend his loan deal with Championship side Middlesbrough, which currently expires on January 24.

Ranocchia may not be the man to help improve that record but it looks likely Hughton is looking for a top-level defender to help push his side away from the Premier League trapdoor.

Italian football website Tutto Mercato claims that a deal for the 25-year-old centre-back, capped 15 times for Italy, was in the offing with a transfer fee of €10 million, around £8.3m.

Ranocchia, who has played 74 times for Inter and stands at 6ft 4ins tall, was linked with a move to Chelsea in December and is out of contract with the Serie A side in the summer of 2015.

He has played 12 times for Inter so far this season, scoring once and picking up six yellow cards in the process, including starting in his side’s 1-0 defeat to Lazio on Monday.

Tutto Mercato claims Ranocchia’s agent was contacted by an agent about the possible transfer but that the Italian defender rejected the move immediately.

Ranocchia was a regular for Inter last season as well, playing 39 times and scoring twice, again with a poor disciplinary record of 12 yellow cards.

10 comments

  • Hello chaps. Good to converse. For Lobbo, I`ve been tracking E.Bennett`s progress from injury into training. For MBA Marine, I still can`t afford a boat! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • So refreshing that nobody did the obvious, crass girls` name joke. Ooops, somebody did!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • I still wish we could have convinced toby alderweireld in the summer but it wasnt to be. End of the day im happy with any players of quality entering the club. Regardless of position. We need all the help we can get at the minute.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • 'Brew' me old stick in the mud, where you bin.

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    Lobbo

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • With a girls name like Andrea then its probably just as well.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Welcome back Brew.

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    MBA Marine

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Who can blame him. Why would he want to play in the Championship.

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    stormy

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Would have been a good signing but if he's not interested then let's move onto our other targets and get that back four reinforced ready for the latter half of the season! OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • If the player is out of contract in the summer this deal was never on or even remotely likely

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    Watton Warrior

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Definitely hope we can land ourselves a centre back of this sort of quality, might steady the ship a bit!

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    GossVolley

    Friday, January 10, 2014

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