Andrea Pirlo sets transfer sights on former Hibs and Celtic star as Italian legend's interest unveiled

Former Italy star Andrea PirloFormer Italy star Andrea Pirlo
Former Italy star Andrea Pirlo
The Italian football icon has reportedly targeted a Hibs hero.

Andrea Pirlo has reportedly put a Hibs hero in his sights with a view to an Italian transfer.

Liam Henderson’s name is written into the Easter Road history books for eternity, after swinging in the corner which David Gray headed home during the 3-2 Scottish Cup final win over Rangers. Having started his career at Celtic, the now 28-year-old moved to Italy in 2018 with Bari in Serie B.

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He switched to Hellas Verona when Bari became bankrupt and was the first Scot to play in a Serie A match since Graeme Souness in 1986 during the 19/20 campaign. A loan move to Empoli would follow before making a permanent transfer to Lecce, soon returning to Empoli. Over last season, Henderson was on loan at Palermo and is now back in Empoli hands again.

Reports suggest Sampdoria - managed by former AC Milan and Juventus midfielder Pirlo - want to add him to his ranks. The former Juve boss has been told his job is safe at the Genoa-based club.

A rebuild could be on the way and the former Celtic and Hibs midfielder could form part of it. Speaking on Hibs last year, Henderson told The Guardian: “When the opportunity to sign for Hibernian came, I accepted not only because it was a chance to play more consistently but also because my family support them.

“My heart was half Celtic, half Hibernian, but now I feel more a Hibs fan. It was unbelievable. I didn’t pay for a beer on a night out for the next 10 days.”

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