Report: Inter Milan want Stevan Jovetic to join Newcastle, wages could scupper move

Stevan Jovetic #8 of FC Interernazionale celebrates his goal during the International Champions Cup match between FC Internazionale and Chelsea FC at National Stadium on July 29, 2017 in...

Newcastle United are reportedly keen on Inter Milan's Stevan Jovetic.

Stevan Jovetic of FC Internationale competes for the ball with Lucas Tousart of Olympique Lyonnais during the 2017 International Champions Cup China match between Olympique Lyonnais and FC...Stevan Jovetic of Inter Milan competes for the ball with Lucas Tousart of Olympique Lyonnais

According to The Mirror, Inter Milan want forward Stevan Jovetic to join Newcastle in a £12million deal this week - but his wages could prove difficult for the Magpies to pay.

Rafael Benitez's side showed signs of life in Saturday's 3-0 home win over West Ham United, their first competitive win of the new season as Joselu, Ciaran Clark and Aleksandar Mitrovic all got on the scoresheet.

Despit the victory, manager Rafael Benitez will still be keen to bring in more new signings this summer, having added Florian Lejeune, Javier Manquillo, Mikel Merino, Jacob Murphy and Joselu so far.

Stevan Jovetic of FC Internationale celebrates a goal during the 2017 International Champions Cup China match between Olympique Lyonnais and FC Internationale at Olympic Sports Centre...

Benitez has been frustrated in his attempts to bring big signings to St. James' Park this summer, but The Mirror report that Newcastle have a real chance of landing Inter Milan's Stevan Jovetic before Thursday's transfer deadline.

It's claimed that Inter want Jovetic to join Newcastle, as the Magpies are offering £12million for the Montenegrin, with Sevilla - the club Jovetic joined on loan in January and scored seven goals in 22 games for - only offering £10million.

However, Jovetic's £90,000-a-week wages at the San Siro could be beyond Newcastle's pay structure, and the striker himself is understood to fancy a move back to Andalusia with Sevilla anyway. 

Stevan Jovetic #8 of FC Interernazionale celebrates his goal during the International Champions Cup match between FC Internazionale and Chelsea FC at National Stadium on July 29, 2017 in...

The 27-year-old earned a 2013 move to Manchester City after scoring 40 goals in 134 games for Fiorentina, but after notching just eight Premier League goals in 28 games, Jovetic moved back to Italy with Inter.

Jovetic hasn't enjoyed much success with Inter either though, scoring just seven goals in 32 games for the Italian giants before being farmed out on loan to Sevilla, with seemingly little future for him at the San Siro.

A skilful forward who can play behind a striker up front himself, Jovetic could bring real quality to the Newcastle side - but whether they can convince him to sign before Thursday's transfer deadline remains to be seen.

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