Premier League pair among five clubs interested in €20m Serie A striker

Date published: Wednesday 27th June 2018 2:50 - Samuel Bannister

Southampton and Newcastle United are among five clubs interested in Sampdoria striker Duvan Zapata, according to reports in Italy.

Il Secolo XIX claims that the Premier League pair are joined by Atalanta, Sporting Lisbon and Jiangsu Suning side in their admiration of the Colombian.

Zapata only joined Sampdoria last summer from Napoli, but could be set to move on after an 11-goal season.

Newcastle and Southampton are both in need of new strikers, and 27-year-old Zapata could be an ideal solution. However, the report states that the offer from Chinese club Jiangsu is more likely to be accepted.

Southampton manager Mark Hughes previously tried to sign Zapata when he was in charge at QPR in 2012, and could address the shortage of goals in his current team by re-considering the former Udinese man.

It is understood that Sampdoria would be willing to listen to offers in excess of €20m for the 6’1″ striker.

Zapata was named in Colombia’s preliminary 35-man squad for the World Cup, but missed out on a space in the final 23.


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