Report: Sunderland lead race for Diego De Girolamo

Sunderland are reportedly set to beat Juventus to the signature of Sheffield United striker Diego De Girolamo.

Sunderland are leading the chase for Sheffield United striker Diego De Girolamo, according to a report in the Shields Gazette

The report states that De Girolamo has attracted the attentions of the likes of Juventus in recent times, but it appears that he is more keen on heading to the Stadium of Light.

It is a slight surprise to see De Girolamo so in demand considering he has made little impact at Sheffield United, but his talents are obvious.

Elegant in possession and a clinical finisher, the 19-year-old has all the potential to be a deadly marksman even at the highest level and he clearly has belief in his own ability.

De Girolamo has rejected all of the Blades' offers of a new contract, after having his head turned by the reported interest, and it seems that he will be free to move on in the summer after his contract expires. 

His availability has reportedly made him a top target for Sunderland, who have been tracking his progress for some time.

De Girolamo has spent part of the season at York City, who he has recently rejoined on loan, and impressed.

The skilful frontman netted four times in eight appearances for York during his first stint and he will be hoping to post similar figures this time around, as he looks to help the League Two club avoid the drop. 

According to the Shields Gazette, Sunderland are keen on taking more chances on lower league talent in the next few transfer windows and De Girolamo's signing would be an indication of this desire. 

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