According to the latest reports from Sky Sport Italia, AS Monaco are closing in on a deal for AS Roma forward Mattia Destro after holding talks with his agent.
The 24-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at AC Milan in a bid to boost his market value, as it became evident that his future at Roma is drawing to a close.
Despite only netted three goals, Destro is a big-name player with plenty of potential, and a recent report from the Italian paper Il Sussidario claimed that West Ham United and Crystal Palace are both keen on securing his services this summer.
However, the Premier League duo look set to miss out on an astonishing coup as the forward instead nears a move to the French title challengers Monaco.
“The player’s agent, Claudio Vigorelli, is in Monte Carlo to speak over a €14 million [£9.9 million] deal plus bonuses. Vigorelli is ready to negotiate the signing of Mattia Destro in the event of an agreement being reached between the clubs,” Sky Sport Italia reports.
What are Palace and West Ham set to miss out on?
Destro is a full international, having had eight caps for the Italy national side, although at both the 2012 Euro Championships and the 2014 World Cup he was dropped from the provisional squad.
Predominantly a striker, the 24-year-old is an all-round, action-packed frontman who has netted a total of 24 Serie A goals for Roma since joining the club in 2012.
His main strengths are his quick counterattacks and finishing ability, although the physicality of the Premier League could represent a problem should he ever make the move there in the future.