Fiorentina interested in Osman and Ekdal

EXCLUSIVE
by Elia Raimondo

Fiorentina are looking to bring in a new midfielder to the Stadio Artemio Franchi during the January transfer window, with Everton’s Leon Osman and Cagliari’s Albin Ekdal top of Vincenzo Montella’s shopping list.

Despite rumours that Frank Lampard, who is out of contract with Chelsea in July, could be subject of a bid from the Viola, it seems that the club is looking at more affordable options.

Montella and owners Diego and Andrea Della Valle first became interested in England international Osman after seeing him play while they were watching Steven Pienaar, but after they were priced out of a move for the former South Africa captain, their attentions moved to Osman.

It is thought the 31-year-old would cost the Serie A side around €4 million, while Ekdal, who has impressed since moving to Cagliari in 2011, could also be available for €6m and would provide competition for Alberto Aquilani in the middle of the pitch.

Montella is also eager to add a striker to his squad as he looks to guide the team to a Champions League spot, and Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas is thought to be his main target.

The 25-year-old scored 23 times in the Segunda Division last season to help Os Celestes secure promotion to La Liga, and has found the net a further eight times in 19 league appearances this term.

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