The Daily Mail are reporting this morning that Tony Pulis will make a move for Lazio centre-back Michaël Ciani within the next few days.
The French-born defender has been in Rome since 2012, following a move from Bordeaux, having played for Racing Paris, Charleroi, Auxerre, Sedan and Lorient beforehand, with a move to the Premier League likely to interest him.
Standing at 6’2, the 30-year-old is reportedly available for just £1.2 million, and following the club’s failed attempt to sign Steven Caulker, the Mail are claiming that Ciani is the man who Pulis has identified as his next defensive target.
As is always the way with these stories, it’s impossible to know whether there is even the slightest shred of truth to it until an official comment is made from one of the parties involved, but given our obvious needs in this summer’s transfer window, reinforcements at centre-back and left-back are an obvious priority.
One things for sure, at just over £1 million, the defender certainly wouldn’t be out of our price-range, and given the fee we were prepared to pay to secure Caulker’s services, it could turn out to be a very shrewd piece of business, providing of course, that it’s not a complete work of fiction from those charming fellows over at The Mail.