Parma striker Roberto Inglese is not short of suitors at the moment. His impressive form for Parma, on loan from Napoli, has caught the attention of clubs across Europe. Newcastle and West Ham are reportedly two of those.
The 27-year-old has been in strong form, spearheading Parma’s attack in their first season back in Serie A. He has scored eight goals in 23 Serie A fixtures, but it is his all-round game that is crucial.
The Chronicle claim that Newcastle have been scouting the striker’s recent performances, but they are not alone in their desire to bring the uncapped Italian to the Premier League.
Italian outlet ArenaNapoli24 reckon West Ham United also want Inglese, with the club in need of a striker ahead of the summer window. Serie A side Atalanta are also said to be interested in Inglese.
Newcastle could do with a striker given that Joselu has been far from the player fans had hoped he would be. Salomon Rondon is on loan from West Bromwich Albion and although the player wants a permanent move, it remains to be seen what will happen this summer.
West Ham, meanwhile, could lose a whole host of forwards this summer. Marko Arnautovic’s future remains up in the air, while Javier Hernandez has spoken about his future in the press. Andy Carroll’s contract expires this summer.
The report claims Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has quoted interested parties a fee of £17.2million – a figure that is perhaps easier to reach for West Ham, given owner Mike Ashley is somewhat careful with his coffers.
But signing Inglese would be a real show of intent from Newcastle, proving that they are willing to back Rafa Benitez by bringing in such a high profile striker. Elbowing West Ham aside would be great business.