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Dossena likely to head to Spain rather than Italy

Andrea Dossena's agent has ruled out a return to Italy for the Liverpool defender, claiming that Spain is a likelier destination.

The Italy international has been strongly linked with a move away from Anfield in the winter transfer window, having failed to live up to his £7 million price tag since moving to Liverpool from Udinese in 2008.

A return to Italy was seemingly on the cards with Napoli favourites to sign the 28-year-old after narrowly missing out last summer. Roma were also among the interested parties but Dossena now looks set for a move to Spain, according to representative Federico Pastorello.

"A move to Napoli is impossible,'' he told TuttoNapoli.net. "The negotiations for a possible move for Dossena to Napoli are over. I heard of an agreement between the parties but since Christmas I have not heard from any Napoli director so the news is without foundation.

"If I was to make a prediction I would say that Andrea will not return to Italy. We are in negotiations with several foreign clubs, with a very important Spanish club who are not in European competition - the deal is even at an advanced stage.

"Roma? Difficult. Napoli impossible.''

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