Troubled Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater could reunite with his old Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri at Sampdoria.
According to Il Secolo XIX newspaper, an intermediary contacted Samp to propose Drinkwater as a transfer option.
The 30-year-old shot to fame with Ranieri’s fairy-tale Leicester side, moving to Chelsea for €38m in 2017.
He has since been loaned to Burnley and Aston Villa, but his career has been railroaded by off the field problems, including a drink-driving charge, a nightclub brawl and head-butting then-Villa teammate Jota.
“I’ve got loads more to give. I’m open to going abroad, even though it will be difficult with my son,” Drinkwater told The Telegraph newspaper.
“I need an anchor and I need to sort out one side of my life, so if I can sort my football out, even if it is abroad, then that will help in the long term.
“It probably all comes down to patience and trust with me. I need to change for it to work, otherwise I’ll be stuck
in this vicious circle.
“If I can trust people who are good at their job and be patient then I can only see me building my career back up now. I can’t see me staying in this situation. No chance.”
Sampdoria are starting their first full season under Ranieri, who took over from sacked Eusebio Di Francesco seven games into last term.
He managed to steer them out of the relegation zone and into mid-table safety.