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29 June 2017

Tony Pulis closing in on £4.5m capture of Inter Milan centre-back Andrea Ranocchia

 

TONY PULIS is closing in on the £4.5million capture of Inter Milan centre-back Andrea Ranocchia.

West Brom boss Pulis is favourite to beat Premier League new boys Huddersfield to Ranocchia’s signature.

West Brom are closing in on a deal for Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia
West Brom are closing in on a deal for Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia
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Andrea Ranocchia impressed Tony Pulis during a loan spell at Hull
Andrea Ranocchia impressed Tony Pulis during a loan spell at Hull
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The Italian international defender wants to continue his career with an established top-flight side.

Ranocchia,29, spent the second half of last season on loan at Hull.

He would have penned a £90,000-a-week permanent deal to stick with the Tigers had they won their battle to beat the drop.

Genoa, who sold the 6ft 3ins centre-half to Inter for £15.75million six years ago, are also keen to re-sign him.

However, the star’s preference is to stay in England.

Ranocchia still has two years left on his contract at the San Siro.

Andrea Ranocchia spent the second half of last season on loan at Hull
Andrea Ranocchia spent the second half of last season on loan at Hull
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The Inter Milan star has been told he is surplus to requirements at the San Siro
The Inter Milan star has been told he is surplus to requirements at the San Siro
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Tony Pulis is desperately trying to bolster his defence this summer
Tony Pulis is desperately trying to bolster his defence this summer
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But Inter say he can leave for a knockdown price after being told by new boss Luciano Spalletti that he doesn’t figure in his plans.

Ranocchia is surplus to requirements after Spalletti signed Slovakian centre-back Milan Skriniar from Sampdoria in exchange for £17million plus Gianluca Caprari.

Meanwhile, the Baggies are facing the prospect of losing stalwart defender Jonny Evans.

Ranocchia is no longer wanted by Inter and the Serie A side are ready to sell
Ranocchia is no longer wanted by Inter and the Serie A side are ready to sell
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Andrea Ranocchia wants to stay in the Premier League
Andrea Ranocchia wants to stay in the Premier League
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Jonny Evans is considering his West Brom future this summer
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The veteran has questioned the club’s ambition after influential skipper Darren Fletcher was allowed to join Stoke on a free transfer.

And with interest mounting from Leicester, Evans is considering his future at the Hawthorns.


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