Date: 27th August 2015 at 4:01pm
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According to reports in Italy, Southampton are lining up an audacious bid to sign Inter Milan captain Andrea Ranocchia.

Saints boss Ronald Koeman is desperate to strengthen his defence before the transfer window closes on Tuesday, and has been heavily linked with a move for Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

31 March 2015 - International Football Friendly - Italy v England - Andrea Ranocchia of Italy heads the ball back to the goalkeeper as Harry Kane of England looks on - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

However, it is understood that should that deal break down, they are ready to make an offer for the Italy international, who is also interesting their Premier League rivals, Everton.

Despite being skipper with the San Siro outfit, it is believed that the Serie A outfit are willing to let Ranocchia leave this summer if they receive a suitable fee.

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