Sampdoria are interested in a move for Leicester City striker Andre Kramaric, according to Sam May.
Kramaric, 24, was signed by former Foxes boss Nigel Pearson for a then club record fee of £9 million from HNK Rijeka last January.
The Croatian International has endured a difficult and frustrating time sign joining Claudio Ranieri’s side and has found himself back up to Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Leandro Ulloa. He has only made the substitutes bench twice this season.
The 5ft 10, former Dinamo Zagreb youth player has been described as a versatile striker who is mobile enough to run behind defences and rather than waiting for crosses or ball to come to him, tends to run towards the ball, engulfing his opposition with an air of unpredictability about his play. Although naturally a lone striker, his versatility makes him able to play well as winger or second striker. His former national team coach Niko Kovac compared him with Croatian legendary striker Davor Suker.
The Italian side currently sit 14th in the table and are ready to offer the number 19 away out and a chance to recapture his form in Serie A. President Massimo Ferrero has recently confirmed Kramaric as being one of the number of players his club are after and highlighted the striker as somebody who can bring them goals and lift them up the table.
Ferrero was quoted saying: “I will not sell anyone, everybody will stay and I’ll give another two or three gifts to (coach) Vincenzo Montella, as he deserves it. We have been following Kramaric for a year now. We could be interested in some Inter defenders.”
Leicester centre midfielder Gokhan Inler, 33 is also a target for Montella’s side as is former Atlanta centre back Yohan Benalouane, 29 who has recently been linked with a move to Genoa. It is understood Sampdoria will have to fight Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke for Swiss International Inler.
Serie A champions Juventus are still keen on Kramaric, having been long term admirers. Torino, Inter Milan and Stuttgart have since joined the race for the player who turned down the chance to join Chelsea a year ago.