Lazio target Inter stopper

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Reports in Italy are suggesting Lazio are targeting Internazionale stopper Marco Materazzi to replace Holland international Jaap Stam.

Biancoceleste coach Roberto Mancini is an admirer of the former Everton defender and could be ready to step up his chase for the Italy international.

It is thought Materazzi could complete a move to Stadio Olimpico in the coming days should he lower his wage demands.

Meanwhile, Inter are believed to have a strong interest in Siena's Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Taddei, who, has just completed a productive season.

It had been though Roma were favourites the land the South American, but following Fabio Capello's exit question marks have been raised if they are still in the hunt.

Newly-promoted Palermo, along with Lazio and Spanish outfit Villarreal are monitoring his progress, although Inter are prepared to offer Nicola Beati as a makeweight.