It is being reported in Italy that Newcastle United have had a €17M (£12.8M) bid for 24 year-old Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini turned down.
The 6 times capped Italian International is said to be interesting several Premier League clubs at the moment with West Ham United, Swansea and Crystal Palace all interested – but it looks like Newcastle may be the first club to have made a formal offer for the player.
24 year-old Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini
Sky Sports Italia are reporting that Newcastle have offered €17M plus bonuses to try to get the 6ft 1ins tall Italian striker to Tyneside.
The striker has been at Sampdoria and Juventus before signing on at Napoli only a year ago for €13M (£9.8M), which was to be split equally between Sampdoria and Juventus,
Each of those clubs owned 50% of the player at the time of the deal 12 months ago.
In August of 2012 Gabbiadini made his debut for the full Italian side in the second half of the friendly match against England in Bern, which Italy lost 2–1.
He had previously played 24 times for the Italian U21 side with an impressive 12 goals.
Since he signed for Napoli last January he has scored 11 goals in 30 total appearances for the Italian club and while at Sampdoria for two seasons he scored 19 goals in 50 total appearances.
The player never actually played for Juventus but in 2012 the Italian powerhouse signed Gabbiadini in a co-ownership financial agreement for €5.5M – and then they immediately sent him on loan to Bologna where he scored 7 goals in 31 total appearances.
Gabbiadini is said to be versatile, creative and a very hardworking player, who can play in a number of different positions including as a striker, forward, attacking midfielder or as a winger on either side.
He has significant pace – something Newcastle don´t have an abundance of – and is said to be a very good technical player.
But we have to think that Newcastle´s low position right now in the Premier League has to be a negative in trying to sign a player like Gabbiadini – even if we are able to agree a fee with Napoli.
What do you think?