One of the more important players in SPAL’s team last season as the small Italian club managed to stay up in Serie A after their promotion, Manuel Lazzari has caught the eye of Eddie Howe.

According to a very short article on Calciomercato, Bournemouth have taken an interest in the 24-year-old right midfielder, who started all but two of his side’s games last season, only missing out due to a knee injury picked up against Hellas Verona.

The Italian website state that despite the Cherries sniffing around, SPAL will not be open to a January transfer for their star player, whom they deem far too important to allow to leave midway through yet another important campaign.

Once again, Lazzari has been ever present in Serie A, as his side sit 13th in the league after seven games, winning three and losing four.

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His good form was rewarded by Roberto Mancini last month when the Italy manager handed him his first cap against Portugal in the UEFA Nations League.

Playing on the right of midfield in Leonardo Semplici’s 3-5-2, Lazzari was deployed at right-back for his country, giving you an idea of the type of player he is.