According to reports in Italy, the agent of Mattia Destro has flown out to England to hold talks with Newcastle ahead of a potential January move.
Italian outlet Il Resto Del Carlino claim he is also set for talks with West Ham, who like Rafa Benitez appear to want a new striker in this month.
Destro has been linked with a move to Tyneside in just about every transfer window since Rafa took over – so Benitez either holds long-term interest or the Italian press have been making false claims for a fair while now!
Although there’s sometimes no smoke without fire when it comes to transfers, with Benitez bound to have a firm eye on available players in Serie A, I’m hoping this persistent rumours isn’t true.
Destro has had his moments in Serie A, scoring 29 in 68 games for Roma several years ago, but he’s doing little to impress in Italy these days.
He turns 28 in a few months time, hasn’t scored all season for Bologna and has just 25 goals across his last three seasons in Italy – suggesting he’s anything but the proven scorer needed at Newcastle right now.
Unless he’s Joselu’s replacement (with the Spaniard now linked with a shock move to China), I think I’d steer well clear of Destro.