Motta, Okaka linked with moves to England

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

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Less than a couple of weeks after Roberto Mancini raided his former club Inter Milan for defensive midfielder Patrick Viera, Manchester City’s manager is rumoured to be interested in further plundering Serie A for more talent to bring to England.

It has been reported in La Gazzetta dello Sport that the Italian is interested in taking out of favour Italian right back, Marco Motta, to Eastlands. The Manchester City manager is believed to want to recruit further defensive reinforcements to his team.

Roma have confirmed the interest of the cash rich City.

“I spoke with Giuseppe Bozzo, agent of Motta, who confirmed the interest of Manchester City,” said Daniele Prade, Roma’s sporting director. “There is a possibility of a loan.”

Claudio Ranieri is believed to be willing to allow the player to find playing time elsewhere in this crucial World Cup year. Motta was called up to the Italian squad last year.

Meanwhile the same Italian newspaper has reported that Stoke City have joined Fulham in the race to sign Stefano Okaka Chuko, with Roma reportedly keen to offload the 20-year-old on loan.

Roy Hodgson is looking for cover for the injured Bobby Zamora and the young Italian caught his eye when the two teams met in the Europa League earlier this season. However the deal fell through when it was discovered that Okaka was carrying an injury and would be unable to have an immediate impact at Craven Cottage.

La Gazzetta now claims that Tony Pulis is interested in bringing the Italian youth international to the Britannia Stadium and furthermore talks have “reopened” with Fulham regarding the possibility of securing a loan deal for the striker.

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