News today in the Metro that Newcastle are after 28 year-old Juventus striker Alessandro Matri, who has played five times for the full Italian national side.
Alessandro Matri – Italian International striker
It seems that Matri, who was born in Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, has one year left on his contract at Juventus, and had been put on sale by the Italian giants.
The news is that Joe Kinnear has already been in touch with Matri’s agents about a possible move to Newcastle, and the 6′ tall striker would be offered a three-year deal to move to Newcastle.
Alan Pardew has made it very clear that Joe Kinnear, the Director of Football, has to bring in at least one new striker before the transfer window slams shut on September 2nd.
Everton and Sunderland are also said to be interested in the striker, who has been put up for sale for around £6M – and Newcastle should be able to afford that.
That’s true isn’t it?
Matri started his career with Milan in 2002, and was sent out on loan to Prato, Lumezzane and Rimini to get first team experience before he was transferred to Cagliari in 2007, and was then sent on loan to Juventus.
He impressed at the Torino-based club and he was signed on a permanent basis by Juventus in 2011, and the striker has the ability to hold the ball up well, and spray it out to the wings in the style of a certain Alan Shearer.
He’s played 84 times for the Italian giants with 29 goals, and while at Cagliari he scored 29 goals in 84 appearances – so he’s a decent goalscorer, but will turn 29 on Monday.
Matri made his debut for Italy in March 2011, in the friendly game against the Ukraine in Kiev, and he managed to score his first goal for his country in the 81st minute of that game , and Italy won 2–0 – and a certain Davide Santon of Inter-Milan also came on as a substitute in the second half of that game.
Presumably if this news is true, Newcastle would like to close the deal quickly, and finally get the second striker we need on Tyneside.
Matri almost joined Napoli in July, but the move broke down at the last minute.
For £6M Matri could be a decent addition to the strike force at Newcastle.
What do you think?
Here;s some video of Matri.
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