Report: Southampton, Stoke tracking Italian international Stefano Okaka ahead of summer move

Italy Azzuri

Stoke and Southampton are both keen on signing the hotshot Sampdoria forward.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the Premier League dup are keen on signing the hotshot striker this summer, having been tracking his progress in Serie A for a number of months.

A 25-year-old forward, Okaka currently turns out for Sampdoria, with whom he has netted four goals and registered two assists in 31 games this term, and has impressed with his all-round attacking play.

He is currently in his full debut season with Sampdoria, having signed from Parma last January, after spending the majority of his career with Roma, signing for them in 2005.

He is no stranger to the Premier League, having spent a half-season loan with Fulham in 2010, when the West London club were managed by Roy Hodgson. He played 13 games for the club, scoring three goals, before being shipped back to Italy at the end of the campaign.

His impressive form in Serie A saw international recognition rise in Okaka earlier this term, and after representing Italy at every youth level from Under-19 upwards, he finally made his full debut for the senior side in 2014, scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over Albania. He rejected the chance to play for Nigeria to represent the country of his birth.

There are yet no references to an asking price set on Okaka’s head, but the forward has just one year left on his contract, meaning Sampdoria may look to sell him this summer rather than risk losing him for free at the end of next term.

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