Published On: Tue, Jan 15th, 2013

Roma transfer target prefers Serie A

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Roma appear to be edging even closer to striking a deal with Nancy left-back Massadio Haidara, even despite foreign competition.

The 20 year-old Frenchman has made public his desire to play in Italy, a predilection which could give the capital club a crucial edge over fellow suitors Newcastle in negotiations.

“I prefer Roma to Newcastle, as I prefer Serie A,” Haidara said to TMW.

“I’d love to play in Italy, though Newcastle are also a good team. I know that my agent has spoken to both clubs, we’ll see what happens.

“As far as I am concerned, I’d love to play in Italy.”

The France U-21 international is thought to be worth approximately €5 million. French football journalist Johann Crochet has claimed that Nancy’s willingness to sell is motivated by the need for a cash injection.

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