MILAN, Sept 15 Italy's Banca Popolare
dell'Emilia Romagna is interested in buying small
regional lender Banca Etruria, a source familiar with
the matter said on Thursday.
Banca Etruria is one of four small banks that Italy saved
from bankruptcy last November and is now trying to sell.
The source said the board of Popolare dell'Emilia Romagna
looked at all four banks at a meeting on Thursday but only
expressed an interest in Etruria.
But the bank has as yet not taken any final decision and its
interest is still in an early stage, the source cautioned.
A September 30 deadline set for the sale of the four banks
could be put back, the source added.
Banca Popolare dell'Emilia Romagna did not comment.
(Reporting by Andrea Mandala, editing by Paola Arosio)