Newcastle are one of the many clubs reported to be interested in signing 23 year-old Nigerian international central midfielder Eddy Onazi, who joined Lazio back in 2012.
The Italian media has never been too accurate with some of their transfer stories and Newcastle, along with Swansea, Everton and German club Werder Bremen are said to be interested in the 36 times capped Nigerian Intentional, with Everton having apparently lodged a bid for the player.
Newcastle linked with Lazio midfielder Eddy Onazi
This has been a story doing the rounds on the internet for the last day or so, as Newcastle have been doing the deal for 24 year-old Andros Townsend, who is expected to sign for Newcastle today after having a medical.
According to web-site Calciomercato.it Lazio have lowered their price for the Nigerian midfielder to just €7M (£5.3M).
Apparently Lazio are willing to sell their midfielder at the right price in January, but we’d be very surprised if Newcastle are in the market for another central midfielder having just signed Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet.
Newcastle have brought in three midfielders during this window although our weaknesses are at striker and in defense.
And while we are expected to sign a striker before next Monday when the window closes – there have not been too many stories that we are after any defenders, even though we have conceded 41 goals in our first 23 league games.
That’s the third worst in the Premier League to go with our points total of 21, which is also the third worst in the league.
Do Lazio have any good strikers or defenders they want to sell in January?
Put this down to a potential made up story – at least as far as Newcastle’s interest is concerned.
For the record the 5’8″ tall Onazi has made 101 appearances for Lazio with 6 goals.