Four in for Che misfit

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Valencia insist they have not resolved to sell Francesco Tavano, but admit no less than four Italian clubs are vying to take the striker back to Serie A.

The 27-year-old arrived at The Mestalla from Empoli in the summer but has struggled with injury and form since moving.

He has started only one game and has yet to notch his first goal for his new employers having struggled to adapt to life in Spain.

There has been incessant speculation about his future with many sources suggesting Valencia are already prepared to cut their losses on the hit-man.

However, Che president Juan Soler claims no decision has yet been taken and hinted the club were ready to give their big-money signing more time to prove himself despite the mounting interest in his homeland.

"There is nothing new on the future of Tavano although up to four Italian clubs have approached the club in recent times interested in the striker," Soler explained.

"With a month and a half to go, it would be very premature of us to get rid of a footballer in who we have a lot of belief."

Roma are known to be one of the clubs chasing Tavano, but the identity of the other three sides remains unclear.