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Sun, 21 Jul 2013 15:09:00

Gaston Ramirez's agent has suggested in Italy that Inter Milan may be interested in a summer move for the Southampton player.

The Uruguayan forward joined Saints in a big-money deal from Bologna 12 months ago and reports have linked him with a return to Serie A during the current transfer window.

Ramirez's representative has now revealed to the Italian press that he feels a move could happen, but has warned that Inter would have to pay a lot of money.

"I have not personally had any contact with Inter, but there could well have been discussions between the clubs," agent Pablo Betancourt told Ilsussidiario.net.

"Should it be possible? I'm convinced that everything can be done if there is the money to do it.

"For Ramirez the English side made a big sacrifice, so if Inter like him they will have to pay a big sum.

"Italy is in Ramirez's heart, but I don't like talking about things that are not concrete.

"Should there be an offer, then we will evaluate."

Betancourt added that Inter had also monitored Ramirez's situation before he made the switch to Southampton last summer for a reported £12million.

He said: "Inter looked for the player before he signed for Southampton, but the affair failed."

The 21-year-old striker, who came through the ranks at Coventry, played in four friendlies for Rovers and was offered a deal.

But Jeffers turned it down after the club would not pay for his accommodation.

"He turned down the offer which surprised me," Moore told the club's official website. "We gave him the opportunity and I think he had half a chance.

"We haven't got loads of money to give him but he was looking for accommodation as well.

"I always thought that's what your money was for, I have to pay my mortgage out of my wages.

"You've got to be hungry in this game and for me he wasn't hungry enough."

Moore has also confirmed Inter Milan striker Bocar Djumo will arrive for his trial.

The boss added: "It's all gone quiet. We've chased the agent and I don't know what has gone wrong, it's certainly not on our part.

"We've done everything right, we've got permission from Inter Milan but I don't know what his agent is playing at."

The veteran defender was taken off in the 3-0 win over their north Lincolnshire rivals on Saturday after a serious looking clash with Alex Rodman.

But fears have now eased and boss Brian Laws expects the 34-year-old to be back in action in a week.

Boss Brian Laws told the club's official website: "It did look quite bad at first, their player seemed to catch him quite heavily in the thigh.

"Early diagnosis seems to indicate a haematoma and the area is already quite swollen.

"But that is a good sign believe it or not, we think it should be about a week, luckily for us we have that."

The 18-year-old picked up the problem during a development XI match on Wednesday and left the ground in a knee brace.

Argyle are still awaiting results of the scan, but Sheridan knows the news will be bad.

"He's being assessed," he told the club's official website.

"I don't think it's a nice injury for the kid, which is a crying shame - he's worked his socks off and got himself fit.

"We'll have to wait and see. We're still waiting for the results of a scan. We'll keep our fingers crossed and do the best we can for him."

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