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Agent Of Newcastle Target – Concrete Offers Have Arrived

7:44 pm, Monday, July 13th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

There’s news that Sampdoria are trying to sell their striker Stefano Okaka this summer,  since his two year contract runs out in one years time, and it seems they want to get a fee for him before he becomes a free agent next summer and can leave for nothing.

However, its being on Football Italia today his agent has said that his client may even be offered a contract extension.

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Stefano Okaka after scoring for Italy last November

Today on Tuttomercatoweb there’s a report that says Newcastle are interested in acquiring the 25 year-old striker, who could come at a decent price with only one year left on his contract.

Sampdoria seem to be offering him to a number of different clubs – including Newcastle – and he turned down Watford only last Thursday.

Football Italia are reporting that Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero even told a fan via his Twitter account that he can’t wait until Okaka leaves.

His new agent is Beppe Bozzo,  and this is what Bozzo has said today, as reported by Football Italia:

“Some concrete offers have arrived and shows of interest have arrived, but they were politely declined.”  “It’s not that he didn’t consider them up to his standard, but rather he wanted to wait a bit.”

“Personally I’ve only been his agent for two weeks, but I can say how happy Stefano is at Sampdoria. He’s working so hard in pre-season training.”

“Leaving isn’t a life or death situation for him. The player is open to the club for a contract renewal or extension, so it isn’t out of the question that he could stay at Sampdoria.”

“He certainly will not leave the Blucerchiati as a free agent. He wants Sampdoria, or a club of a similar level, that is able to offer an adequate financial package.”

It seems that Newcastle’s two top striker targets are Charlie Austin and Aleksandar Mitrovic, and the 20 year-old Serbian is supposed to be close to signing for us – if we can only persuade his father that Newcastle is the right club for him.

Other strikers we’ve been linked with this summer include Chelsea’s 21 year-old Patrick Bamford and Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost – among others.

So once we get our first striker through the door this summer – whoever that may be – with Mitrovic now the favorite – Newcastle will need one more striker brought in.

It seems that Okaka would be down the list a bit,  but could still arrive at Newcastle if we cannot get one of other top targets through the door.

It seems Okaka is also willing to wait this summer, and he would also be a cheap option for Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sing in the corner // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Oh man this is all so confusing! I don’t know a damned thing about this Italian hotshot!

  • 2 sing in the corner // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    Bozzo is a great name for an agent though

  • 3 Ian Toon // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    Ron Knee and Neasden FC only occasionally appears in Private Eye and usually when Hislop is not around. Great name for a football manager.

  • 4 Toon-Barmy // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Update from Steve McClaren news conference

    Sylvain Marveaux has a hernia and will miss the start of the season.

  • 5 Toon-Barmy // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Steven Taylor & Fabricio Coloccini will n

  • 6 Toon-Barmy // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Steven Taylor & Fabricio Coloccini will not play tomorrow.

  • 7 Toon-Barmy // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:53 PM

  • 8 switch365 // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Wonder how much concrete Jabba has offered, 2 tonnes from the local builder’s merchant? 😀

  • 9 Jib // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    This guys scoring record is shoite
    The president of Sampdoria has been touting him round Europe for about 3 weeks now.
    Nigerian parents but born in Italy .
    Sound familiar
    Shola clone

  • 10 Ron Knee // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    My name is a homage to the Inept One, no longer with us.

  • 11 David Fraser // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    anthony martial from monaco anyone

  • 12 Ian Toon // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Ron Knee- Explain.

  • 13 Ron Knee // Jul 13, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    You did @3.

  • 14 Mister Tuff // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    King Percy = inept knacker. (FACT)

  • 15 lochinvar // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Offering him around doesn’t mean that Newcastle have any interest whatsoever.
    If Watford have made an offer and maybe Bournmouth have inquired doesn’t mean we are involved.
    Agents are brokers trying to tart up their players values.
    No thanks.
    We have other more important priorities to sort out.

  • 16 Ron Knee // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    As far as I know, Ron Knee never won a match. It seemed appropriate somehow!

  • 17 sing in the corner // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Ha ha now we;re on aboot Alan Pardew? 6 million degrees of separation!

  • 18 lesh // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:06 PM


    Hislop a good name for a football manager?

    Please elucidate?

  • 19 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    I wouldn’t mind this player one bit if we got Mitrovic or Austin as well!

    …has been following Sampdoria since 1990. Was my first love interest in football. Mancini, Vialli and Sven Göran.

    Sampdoria has been well the last few seasons and Okaka was a big player for them last season.

  • 20 Ian Toon // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Lesh- Ron Knee was ( and occasionally still is) the quintessential football manager as appearing in Private Eye – Ronnie geddit!. He was the fictitious all wonderous but ultimate looser managing Neasden FC.
    The goalkeeper was Wally ( you couldn’t make it up ) Foot who was one legged.
    Other favourites in Private Eye were Glenda Slagg . Started out in print around the time of the then maximum wage. Ian Hislop who you will know around 5 or so years ago decided to give PI a facelift and Ron Knee rarely appears other than on here.

  • 21 overtheline // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Surely its Mitrovic or Austin Ed ?
    I’d hold off on the second striker till January window anyway – see how Riviere does with a bit of sports psychology and how quickly Perez comes on. We probably ain’t goin to play 442 anyway.

    As for CBs … Rudiger and Van Dijk. VVD is not the finished article by any means but needs to step up from the Hoops. And he’s quick. We need quick.

    If we have signed Wij, Mitrovic, and any two of the £10m CBs we’ll be a forec to be reckoned with. Another ST in January if we need one, otherwise maybe a really good two footed winger now.
    If Schteve is going to bring in younger players as usual, we’ll soon see how Lascelles, Bigi, Aarons and Perez develop.

    Great clip Graeme ! Its the kind of thing that tips the balance – he’ll have no visa problems at all I reckon.

  • 22 davis_toons // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    He have longed wanted to come to Newcastle in an interview 2 years ago.

  • 23 SA Toon // Jul 13, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Are we serious about this guy? Seems quite a step down from Mitrovich, Austin and Dost. Think I’d rather keep Cisse. Also not too sure about Thauvin. Sure Cabella battled last season, but who didn’t?! The year before in Ligue 1 he scored 14 with 7 assists, which is better than the 5 and 7 Thauvin managed last season in the same league. Also, he doesn’t seem to want to come to SJP. I would stick with what we’ve got and see what SMc can do with him.

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