There are reports in Italy today that Newcastle are interested in 26 year-old striker Mattia Destro of Bologna and Newcastle scouts will watch him today in Bologna’s home game against Pescara.
Rafa Benitez will be bringing in at least one new striker this summer and he has many contacts in Serie A having managed both Inter-Milan and Napoli in the Italian League.
Destro is under contract for the next three years at Bologna and he seems to have a decent enough pedigree having played for all the Italian Youth sides and 6 times for the full Italian side.
26 year-old striker Mattia Destro of Bologna
In 51 games for the Italian youth sides in total he scored a good 32 goals.
He has scored 9 goals and has one assist in 30 games for Bologna this season and he seems cheap enough at a reported £7M; over the last two seasons at Bologna he has played 57 games with 17 goals and 4 assists.
Destro is said to be a quick striker with good technique and an ability to play off of his teammates and is an accurate finisher.
He is said to be good in his ability to make attacking runs into the penalty area and subsequently shoot first time – and hopefully score.
The other Premier League club said to be interested in the player is Watford so if Rafa is really interested in Mattia we could sign the Italian.
The 5ft 10ins tall striker has previously played at Genoa, Siena and Roma before joining Bologna two years ago.
This is the first time we have been linked with this player.