Inter now eyeing Stam
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Giuseppe Meazza outfit have been in the scrum of teams chasing Nesta, but coach Hector Cuper feels there is little to choose between the Italian international and his Lazio team-mate.
Nesta seems content to stay at Lazio, likewise Fabio Cannavaro at Parma, prompting Inter to switch targets to the giant Dutchman.
Cuper seems enamoured by the prospect of bolstering his squad with Stam, as he said: "Nesta or Stam, there is little difference.
"I don't want to make comparisons, but there would be little difference."
Cuper seems prepared to tinker with his formation to accommodate Stam, adding: "Stam played in a three-man defence with Manchester United, and so, if he arrives, I would think about this possible system.
"With him or Nesta, Inter could change."
Inter president Massimo Moratti has reportedly tabled a bid of £7 million plus Turkish ace Emre for Stam, and is awaiting a response from his Lazio counterpart Sergio Cragnotti.
Stam has recently been linked with a move to Leeds, as replacement for Manchester United-bound Rio Ferdinand, but on Monday reaffirmed his desire to stay in Italy.
"I don`t want to go to England," he said. "I don`t know why I am being considered as the replacement for Ferdinand.
"My experiences in England have been great, but I have no intention to try it again."
A return to England is clearly unappealing to Stam, but a transfer within Italy could be a different proposition.