Rutherford extends Pools stay

Didier Drogba is keen on a January move to Serie A, according to

one of the agents involved in the potential transfer of the former

Chelsea striker.

The Ivory Coast star left Chelsea after winning the UEFA

Champions League last season to join Shanghai Shenhua, but has been

tipped to quit the Chinese club this month.

Italian giants AC Milan and Juventus have both expressed an

interest in the 34-year-old and are expected to hold further talks

next week.

FIFA agent Carlos Arino Bajo, who is handling the negotiations

to bring Drogba to Italy with Giuseppe Bozzo, confirmed the player

would be up for the challenge of playing in Serie A.

“Didier has a termination agreement with the Chinese club and I

think he has a lot of possibilities to arrive in Italy in January,”

Bajo told tuttomercatoweb.com.

“There is real interest from Juventus and AC Milan, and it is

the same from Didier regarding the transfer.

“There have been contacts with both clubs and next week we will

hear from them again.

“He would love to compete in one of the world’s best leagues,

such as the Italian Serie A.”

The central midfielder, whose short-term deal in the summer was

set to expire, has been rewarded with a longer stay at Victoria

Park.

The 18-year-old made his Pools debut last season against

Chesterfield in April and featured against MK Dons this

campaign.

He will now look to make his mark as John Hughes’ side battle

against relegation from npower League One.