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.
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?