Prem pair put on Muntari alert

15 years ago

Udinese president Giampaolo Pozzo has conceded that Ghanaian international Sulley Ali Muntari could be leaving the Serie A side in January.

Premiership duo Middlesbrough and Portsmouth have been linked with a move for Muntari, as well as a number of other Italian and foreign sides, and Udinese now appear to be ready to sell the midfield star.

The player's recent disciplinary problems have angered Pozzo and a transfer scramble looks set to ensue following Muntari's impressive displays at the World Cup finals as The Black Stars reached the second round.

Pompey boss Harry Redknapp attempted to bring the 22-year-old to Fratton Park in August before being put off by an £11million price tag, but the South Coast outfit and Premiership rivals Middlesbrough are both reported to have tabled official bids in the New Year.

After playing for Udinese for five seasons, Muntari's time at Stadio Friuli could well be coming to an end according to Pozzo.

"Muntari has been the protagonist of a negative year, especially from a disciplinary point of view," Pozzo told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I don't understand why he behaves in this way.

"On Wednesday he didn't arrive to the training session and in this way he has a long list of fines.

"I can't rule out his transfer, but if he does leave he will be replaced in an adequate way."