Chievo Verona are on the trail of Sunderland defender Modibo Diakite.
The 26-year-old, who arrived at the Stadium of Light on a free transfer from Lazio last summer, has started only three league games since Gus Poyet replaced Paolo Di Canio in October.
Sources in Italy claim Chievo have already sounded out his representatives over a possible move and that he is open to a return to Italy.
Diakite spent seven seasons with Lazio, while he started his career at Pescara.
The centre-back, who has over two years left on his existing deal, is rated at around £2.5m