Manchester United plot Italian defender move

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Manchester United are being linked with a £10million move for Liverpool defender target Davide Astori.

TalkSPORT cite reports on Italian website alfredopedulla when claiming that the Red Devils are ready to make a move for the 26-year-old centre back, with David Moyes looking to make his mark on the defence at Old Trafford.

The radio station claims the Scot is eager to strengthen at the back after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, and the Italian could be his first major signing since taking the helm at Manchester United.

Astori would certainly have competition if he were to arrive at the Premier League champions, with Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling all fighting for places.

Manchester United might face competition for Astori’s signature if they do look to make a bid, with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers linked with a move in the past.

Indeed, reports in January claimed Liverpool had made a £7million move for the player, and the Anfield outfit continue to be mooted as a possible destination.

The Reds have already added Kolo Toure to their defence this summer, as well as Simon Mignolet in an effort to improve at the back next season.

Cagliari star Astori would add some additional competition for Liverpool, but the Merseyside outfit now appear to be behind in the race for the player.

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