Andrea Belotti could be the solution to Newcastle United’s striker hunt amid claims the player has been offered to Eddie Howe’s side, as well as two other Premier League teams.
Newcastle are known to be searching for a new striker and winger this summer. Howe wants new arrivals in both positions so the Magpies can improve on last season’s 11th-placed finish in the Premier League.
However, things have not gone to plan for Newcastle so far. They have lost out on Hugo Ekitike to Paris Saint-Germain. He will spend a season on loan at the Parc des Princes before potentially joining them in a £29.7million transfer next summer.
Newcastle have also been targeting Real Sociedad goalscorer Alexander Isak and Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby.
However, both players will cost around £60m. As the Magpies do not want to break Financial Fair Play regulations, they no longer want to bring in Isak or Diaby.
One way of solving the striker chase has come in the form of Belotti. He is a free agent following the expiry of his Torino contract.
Belotti spent seven years in Turin. His record stands at 113 goals in 251 matches for the Serie A club.
Clearly, the Italy ace knows his way to goal. And he wants to join a club which is a step up from Torino, with Newcastle on that path.
Andrea Belotti eyes maiden Premier League move
According to The Sun, Belotti is keen to get play in the Premier League for the first time, and his agents will oblige.
As such, they have given Newcastle the opportunity to bring him to St James’ Park on a free transfer.
Howe can already play Callum Wilson and Chris Wood up front. But with Wilson often injured, the manager should definitely consider signing Belotti.
It would be another statement capture from Newcastle, up there with the likes of Sven Botman and Bruno Guimaraes. Belotti won the last European Championship with Italy and is clearly capable of playing in the Champions League.
However, Newcastle need to act fast to agree a deal. That’s because Belotti’s entourage have also offered him to West Ham and Everton.
West Ham need competition for Michail Antonio up front, while Everton recently sold Richarlison to Tottenham. So the two clubs need a new striker just as much as Newcastle do.
This decision from Belotti’s representatives will likely set up a three-club transfer tussle for the attacker’s signature.
Newcastle fans will be hoping the club uses its financial might to land Belotti. After all, they can offer far higher wages than West Ham or Everton.
Should the Tyneside outfit somehow lose out on Belotti, then a younger alternative is Red Bull Salzburg’s Benjamin Sesko.