There’s been a host of dubious transfer stories that have emerged since the Saudi-backed takeover went through last month, however one arrived last night from a pretty reliable source.
According to The Times‘ Martin Hardy – a North-East reporter who has covered the club for some time – our new owners are targeting THREE Serie A players who’ve been extensively scouted by NUFC officials in Italy.
Those are Inter Milan duo Stefan de Vrij and Marcelo Brozovic, along with Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.
De Vrij is a 29-year-old centre back and Dutch international, while Brozovic is a Croatian midfielder who is approaching the final six months of his contract at the San Siro, as things stand.
Strakosha, 26, is an Albanian international who has played second fiddle to Pepe Reina in the league this season, but has played regularly during Lazio’s Europa League campaign.
Interestingly, The Times claim that the Saudi-backed consortium see Serie A as the ‘ideal market to raid’ in January, and it seems they have three players in mind already.
Time will tell if anything comes of this, but it certainly comes from a solid source and suggests we’ve got one eye on Italy in our search for new signings.