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Mystery Serie A club battling Ipswich in race for St Ledger

SEAN ST LEDGER could be off to Serie A on the back of a recommendation from Giovanni Trapattoni, but Ipswich want to bring the Ireland defender to Portman Road and end his Leicester misery.

The 27-year-old is on the transfer list just six months after joining the Foxes. He fell out with manager Nigel Pearson after losing his place when skipper Matt Mills returned from suspension.

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell wants to sign St Ledger on an initial loan with a view to a permanent deal. However, he faces competition from a Serie A club.

Trapattoni, who is a big fan of St Ledger and wants the defender to get regular games before the Euro 2012 finals, had recommended the player to previous Leicester boss Sven Goran Eriksson.

"There are a few clubs in for him," said Jewell.

"I've spoken to Leicester as well as Sean's agent, who told me there was interest from a lot of clubs in the Championship and one in Italy."

Jewell is a long-term fan of St Ledger and tried to recruit him last January and again in the summer when the centre-half instead chose to head for Leicester in a £1.2m deal. Sources suggest that he could now be available for half that price.

Simon Cox, another of Trapattoni's favourites, could also be on the move from West Brom in order to play more regularly.

Irish Independent