Norwich City and Southampton’s impressive spending sprees this summer are still apparently not at an end, with both Premier League teams reportedly in the running for Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella.
The Serie A champions are ready to sell the 30-year-old after completing the signings of Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez this summer, and Quagliarella is apparently willing to move to England.
However Norwich’s hopes of completing a quick deal for the former Italy international were dealt a blow when their opening bid for the striker was rejected, with Juventus hoping that they can spark a bidding war for Quagliarella.
If so, there could be other English sides willing to enter the race for the striker, with Southampton reportedly interest in the player, and West Bromwich Albion also on the lookout for another forward this summer.
Norwich have already signed Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, but want to add further firepower to their squad, whilst Southampton are turning their attention to bolstering their attacking resources after bringing in Dejan Lovren and Victor Wanyama.
Antonio Conte frequently rotated his strikers last season, but Quagliarella maintained an impressive striker rate nonetheless. The Italian scored nine times in 27 Serie A appearances, only 13 of which were starts, and four times in seven Champions League matches.
Considering he only played one full match in the league, Quagliarella’s strike rate is impressive, with the forward scoring a goal for every 128 minutes he played.
The 30-year-old is still a fine player, and there will likely be plenty of teams from outside the Premier League interested in him this summer. Norwich were right to try and move early to secure Quagliarella, and if they or Southampton still hope to sign the striker they should test Juventus’ resolve with another bid soon.
The ambition already shown by several teams who finished in and around mid-table in the Premier League last season has been impressive, and if either Norwich or Southampton could land Quagliarella it would be another significant coup.
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