Prem duo join four Euro giants to ask Napoli about striker – report

Date published: Wednesday 7th December 2016 10:28

Manolo Gabbiadini: Joins Southampton

West Ham and Stoke reportedly face strong competition from around Europe after asking Napoli to be kept informed about developments regarding the future of striker Manolo Gabbiadini.

The Italy striker is being tipped to leave Napoli next month after struggling for form this season and coming in for criticism from sections of the club’s supporters. Gabbiadini has emerged as one of the club’s first choice strikers, but despite the injury absence of Arek Milik and the sale of Gonzalo Higuain, he has struggled to hit the heights expected of him.

As such, Sky Sports Italia, via CalcioMercato, claim Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis will consider approaches for the player when the transfer window opens in January.

Gabbiadini was tracked by Everton over the summer and it is thought that while they retain an interest, Ronald Koeman’s priorities lie elsewhere in January.

West Ham, however, are desperate to add more firepower to their attack after being beset by a number of injuries, while it’s also reported the player – who would command a fee of around £20million – is also interesting Potters boss Mark Hughes.

However, it’s reported that Gabbiadini also has admirers from across Europe, with Wolfsburg, Schalke, Lyon and Marseille also all believed to be keeping tabs on the striker.

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