Serie A - Italian transfer news: Zenit make move for Matri

Zenit St Petersburg are the latest club to be associated with available Juventus striker Alessandro Matri.

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Juventus' Alessandro Matri (Reuters)

Sky Sport Italia have claimed that the Russian club have made an enquiry with the Italian giants regarding the forward.

Juventus are ready to listen to offers for their forwards following the summer arrivals of Carlos Tevez from Manchester City and Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente.

They want to reduce their six attackers – which also include Mirko Vucinic, Fabio Quagliarella and Sebastian Giovinco – to five.

Matri has also been linked with Premiership duo Everton and Liverpool, as well as capital outfit Lazio.

Sky have underlined that no bid has been tabled yet by Zenit for the Italian international.

Matri, almost 29, joined Juve in January 2011 from Cagliari. He has scored 29 goals in 83 games for the Turin giants.

Adriano Galliani says the club are no closer to signing Keisuke Honda from CSKA Moscow.

The Japanese international is of interest to the Italian giants seeing as his contract will expire in January.

Honda will thus be a free agent at the start of next year, but the Diavolo are trying to snap him up immediately by offering a nominal fee.

“CSKA Moscow don't want to sell Honda, and if they keep on saying no then there's nothing we can do,” the official noted.

“The deal is on hold, also because the CSKA Moscow President is on holiday right now.”

The transfer chief then rubbished reports that the Diavolo were lining up a bid for Cagliari stopper Davide Astori.

“He won’t arrive. We are OK as we are now following the signing of Matias Silvestre. We’re well covered at the back.”

Galliani also commented on the futures of young strikers M’Baye Niang, linked with Genoa, and Andrea Petagna.

“Is Niang is unsellable? I don't know, but I haven't talked with my friend [Genoa President Enrico] Preziosi.

“As for Petagna, he is the player we have received the most offers for, but he is not for sale – absolutely not.”

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