Southampton's Gaston Ramirez targeting Serie A return with January exit

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Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez looks set to leave the club in the January transfer window.

The Uruguayan international arrived at St Mary's in the summer of 2012 from Serie A outfit Bologna for what was then a club-record transfer fee of £12 million.

However, Ramirez has failed to hold down a regular starting place with the Saints following a series of lacklustre performances.


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Since his arrival, Ramirez has started just 27 games, used as a substitute on 24 occasions.

The 24-year-old spent last season on loan at Hull City and has featured just once for Southampton this campaign, in the 6-0 Capital One Cup drubbing of Milton Keynes Dons.

Ramirez will be a free agent at the end of the season and it seems highly unlikely manager Ronald Koeman will want to renew his deal.

However, Ramirez's representative, Pablo Betancourt, claims the midfielder could be on his way out before then, with a move highly expected to take place in the January transfer window.

"As is known, the contract of Ramirez at Southampton expires next June," Betancourt told, as per talkSPORT.

"There is talk of an interest from Bologna, Lazio and Peñarol. Out of respect for the English club with which he is still under contract we avoid naming names.

"The relationship with the leadership of the Saints is great, with us you are always well behaved.

"We were told that we can look for a new team and we are working to make it happen as early as January. I received interesting proposals from Italy. His preference is to return to Serie A."

A move back to Italy could be the catalyst for Ramirez to reignite his career.

The Uruguayan was a huge success during the two years he spent with Bologna, making a total of 59 appearances, including 44 starts, and scoring 12 goals.

At the time of his arrival at Southampton, a number of top European clubs were reported to be interested in securing Ramirez's services.

In addition, last summer, Betancourt claimed AC Milan were looking to replace MLS-bound Kaka with Ramirez.

The move failed to materialise, but it seems highly probable the Southampton midfielder will make a return to Italy sooner rather than later.

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