Watford, Norwich and Bournemouth have emerged as shock contenders to sign Sami Khedira from Juventus, according to reports in Italy.
Khedira has fallen well out of favour at Juventus, after struggling with injuries in recent years. The midfielder has not played at all this season after managing just nine Serie A starts last season.
Hence, his time in Turin is coming to an end – and he could be eyeing a move to England to revitalise his career.
Khedira has openly admitted that he would like to try his luck in England for the first time. He has mentioned Tottenham’s Jose Mourinho and Everton’s Carlo Ancelotti as two coaches he would like to work under again.
West Ham have also been mentioned as a third potential suitor in the Premier League. A move to London could appeal to Khedira.
However, he may have to aim a little lower than that. While Everton are interested, they have been joined in the hunt by three Championship teams.
Watford, Norwich and Bournemouth – all of whom suffered relegation from the Premier League last season – are now mentioned as potential suitors for Khedira by Calciomercato.
The Italian outlet confirms Khedira will be on the move in January. But while Everton are thinking about a bid, so are the Championship trio.
Juventus could release Khedira
Khedira, 33, presumably still wants to play in the top tier. However, he may have to consider all options if he does not receive an offer from a Premier League side.
Wherever he moves, the 2014 World Cup winner will have to take a pay-cut compared to his Juventus salary. It is not specified how much would tempt him.
Regardless, Juventus are looking to move him on in January to free up space. They could even release him as a free agent, six months before the expiration of his contract, to make things easier.