A report from the Sun earlier today says that Newcastle are tracking Spezia Calcio forward David Okereke. The Nigerian U23 international is also linked with a host of Premier League and Serie A clubs.
David Okereke – Being tracked by Newcastle among others
David Okereke’s phenomenal performances this season have propelled Spezia Calcio to the playoffs, though they lost 1-2 today in the Quarterfinals to Cittadella. The pacy twenty-one year old has 10 goals and 12 assists in 30 appearances in Italy’s second tier.
Okereke can play both centrally and on the right wing. This season he has had 15 appearances as a striker, 14 on the right, and one on the left.
The academy product is highly regarded in Italy having been linked with Juventus and both Milan clubs this year. A fee of about €8M would be likely enough for the Nigerian.
This player is a very exciting prospect. However we don’t see him as a replacement for either Rondon or Ayoze Perez, if he were to leave.
Okereke is not suited as a target man if Newcastle uses the same system next year. So as a direct Rondon replacement, this move would not make much sense.
As cover for Ayoze, Okereke could be an intriguing acquisition. He would add some pace currently lacking in the side.
If Newcastle are tracking this player, we hope it is to complement the side and not replace any of its stars. We definitely want Rondon and Ayoze up front for Newcastle next season