Inter Milan will have their representatives present at St. Jakob-Park later today as they make a check on two long-term targets, Tuttosport can reveal.
The clash between FC Basel and Liverpool will be a perfect opportunity for the Nerazzurri officials to see Fabian Schar and Fabio Borini in action, with the two players high on their hit-list.
The Swiss defender has been on club’s radar for a couple of years now and given that his contract is due to expire at the end of the season, Inter hope to sign him on a cut-price deal in January.
Meanwhile, Fabio Borini is heavily linked with a January exit after missing out on a summer move away from Anfield, with AC Milan and Inter Milan locked in the battle for his signature.
The Ospreys are taking no chances with openside Justin Tipuric, who will be rested for this weekend’s clash with Zebre.
The Welsh international made his comeback from injury last week against Edinburgh, but was forced off with a head injury this weekend during the Ospreys’ 19-14 win at Munster.
With the concerns over the dangers of concussion, and a short turnaround for Friday’s game in Parma, it was decided that it would be safer to give him the week off.
Stade Fran�ais centre Jonathan Danty will replace the injured Wesley Fofana for the remainder of this week’s France training camp.
Fofana felt a muscle twinge on Tuesday and rather than risk aggravating things, he will return to Clermont for the end of the week.
Peter Crouch heaped further misery on Alan Pardew as his header gave Stoke City a 1-0 Premier League win over Newcastle United on Monday.
The lead-up to the Britannia Stadium clash had been dominated by controversy over comments from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley indicating that Pardew would be sacked if they lost to Stoke.
A legal representative for Ashley later insisted that the remarks were made in jest, however, he now has a decision to make after watching another lifeless performance which leaves Newcastle still awaiting their first league victory of the season.
Newcastle enjoyed plenty of possession in wet Staffordshire conditions but their failure to create clear-cut chances was punished by Crouch.