Newcastle, Everton, West Ham strike target to swap Serie A clubs

Newcastle, Everton, West Ham and Crystal Palace strike target Gregoire Defrel looks set to swap Roma for Sampdoria this summer.

The 27-year-old French forward has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League, with Rafael Benitez’s men thought to be leading the chase for the player, but Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that Defrel is instead heading to Sampdoria.

Corriere Dello Sport had claimed that Everton, West Ham and Palace were ready to battle the Magpies for the former Sassuolo and Parma striker but it would appear that Defrel would prefer to stay in Italy.

Roma were forced to complete a £17.8m deal for Defrel this summer, after agreeing a season-long loan with an obligation to buy this time last year.

However, the forward scored just once in 20 games and was third choice behind Edin Dzeko and Patrick Schick in the pecking order in the Italian capital.

Despite those poor stats, the four Premier League clubs were all focusing on Defrel’s superb spell at Sassuolo – where he scored 19 goals in 62 Serie A appearances – with a view to making a move.