From "La donna dei fiori di carta", start of chapter 9.
Context: Guzman and his mother are chasing his elusive father. After travelling from city to city, they come to Marseille.
Arrivarono in città perché le ultime notizie sul fuggiasco lo volevano stanziale nel Sud della Francia.
I understand what it says: "They came to this city because the latest news about the fugitive said he wanted to settle in the south of France."
What I don't understand is who or what the volevano refers to.
It's a plural, so it can refer to either Guzman and his mother, or le notizie. It cannot be the former, because it's the father wanting to settle in France, not Guzman and his mother. It cannot be the latter, because it's the father wanting to settle in France, not the news.