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Stefano Sturaro of Juventus
Stefano Sturaro of Juventus



Stefano Sturaro’s agent has hinted that his client may leave Juventus in the January transfer window.

Newcastle United were linked with the central midfielder in the summer transfer window with the club playing down the reports as Juventus slapped a €20m asking price on him.

But in November Sturaro’s agent claimed that Newcastle and Everton were interested in his player and could come back in again in January. Everton have since switched managers, however.

Manager Rafa Benitez is known to want quality additions in January to help the club move away from the relegation scrap they currently find themselves in.

And if Sturaro really is a target, his agents latest comments will offer hope that he may be more receptive to a move next month.

The Italian’s agent Carlo Volpi told Tribal Football: “Juventus have a team strong enough to be highly competitive for Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League.

“Stefano has already played both in CL and in Serie A this year and he wants to train even harder in order to be ready when his moment comes.

“Juventus also have such midfielders as Matuidi, Marchisio and Khedira: they all are around 30 years old and incredibly talented and charismatic.

“There are clubs from the Premier [League] which made clear they are interested in Stefano, it would be unfair to name them but the news is coming out. January is imminent.

“But there are many important games to play and Stefano is highly focused on his role in the team.”

The 24-year-old chose to stay at Juventus despite interest in him in the summer.

Since then though, he’s made just seven appearances for the Serie A outfit, with only one of those being a league start.

His agent’s comments suggest he may look to leave in January, either permanently or on loan.

Stefano has been capped four times by Italy, although he won’t be hoping for games with next summer’s World Cup in mind as Italy failed to qualify.

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Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy



Leicester City will play either Jamie Vardy’s old club Fleetwood or Hereford away in the third round of the FA Cup.

The teams drew 1-1 in their second-round tie at the weekend in Fleetwood with the replay set for next week in Hereford.

While Fleetwood ply their trade in League One, Hereford Town are a good few steps further down the football pyramid.

Vardy spent a season at Fleetwood before joining City in 2012 for a then record fee of £1million for a non-league player.

Hereford ply their trade in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division and are currently fifth. It’s the same level as Barwell and Coalville Town, who are in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division.

Leicester City have never met Fleetwood in any competitive match, but have played Hereford as recently as 2009 in League One.

They won 3-1 at Hereford in April that year with goals from Matt Oakley, Lloyd Dyer and Steve Howard.

They have met once before in the FA Cup back in 1999 when, after a 0-0 draw at Hereford, City needed extra time to eventually go through 2-1.

City legends Matt Elliott and Muzzy Izzet, in extra time, were the scorers.

The ties will take place on the weekend from Friday, January 5, until Monday, January 8.

It could be the first time for City fans to see £22million Adrien Silva in action as he will be cleared to play on January 1, but it will not be in time for the New Year’s Day fixture against Huddersfield at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City have not made the quarter-final since 2012 when they lost 5-2 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – a televised tie best remembered for Ben Marshall’s brilliant curling 20-yard goal.

The last time City made the semi-final since was 1982 when they lost 2-0 to Tottenham at Villa Park on the weekend war was declared with Argentina over the Falklands.

And of course. The last time City made the FA Cup final was 1969 that ended in a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.