MILAN, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Real Madrid are close to signing Italy international striker Antonio Cassano from AS Roma, Italian and Spanish media reported on Monday.Forward Cassano, who is out of contract in June, had been widely tipped to leave the Serie A club during the transfer 'window' with Real long considered favourites for his signature. Gazzetta dello Sport's website said that Ernesto Bronzetti, an agent who works for Real, was at Roma's training ground on Monday for talks with the club. Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said he felt Cassano was on the verge of leaving the club. 'I can't say anything, I'm waiting, but having spoken to the lad I have the impression that he wants to go and try a new experience,' he told the club's television station Roma Channel. Real coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro, who took charge after Vanderlei Luxemburgo was sacked last month, said he would welcome the arrival of the 23-year-old forward. 'We all know that Cassano is a skilful player and a goal scorer of international quality,' the Real boss told a news conference on Monday. 'I'm happy with the squad I have at my disposal and if Cassano arrives he will have to work like the rest, but if he can bring something new to the team he will make this club greater.' Cassano, one of Italy's most highly rated young players, has been unable to agree an extension to his contract with Roma. Roma bought Cassano from Bari for $28.5 million in 2001. The striker, who has had a difficult relationship with a number of his coaches, was part of the Italy squad at Euro 2004 and Azzurri boss Marcello Lippi has said he could feature at the World Cup -- if he is playing regular first-team football. Cassano's contract dispute at Roma led to him being left out of the side for much of the first half of the season in which he has made only five Serie A appearances.