All Nigeria Soccer is reporting that Newcastle are in the race to sign Spezia Calcio forward David Okereke.
We were first linked with this player in the middle of May this year.
He had a great season last season in Italy’s Serie B helping his club to the playoffs, but Spezia were not successful in getting promoted.
The speedy 21-year old center-forward had 10 goals and 12 assists in 33 appearances in Italy’s second tier.
Okereke can play both as an out-and-out striker up front or on the right wing.
The academy player is highly regarded in Italy and some top clubs there have been watching him including Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter-Milan.
He has often been compared with former Newcastle transfer target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (now at Arsenal) because of his similar style of play.
Spezia Calcio forward David Okereke
This latest report has his representative, Ben Itorho confirming that Southampton, Crystal Palace, and Newcastle United are all trying to sign the player.
This is what he said to All Nigeria Soccer:
“Southampton, Crystal Palace, and Newcastle are showing interest, but there are other clubs who want him.”
“Club Brugge, Genk and Sassuolo have a strong interest in him.”
“They want Okereke in the Premier League, but the player has to take a decision with his footballing future in mind.”
This lad looks like a good payer who we could get for a reasonable price.
If the takeover goes through we, expect one of Rafa’s first signings to be Salomon Rondon from West Brom.
But this lad would also be a good signing for us.