After being linked with Stefano Sturaro for over a year, Newcastle United are still keen on bringing the Juventus midfielder to St James’ Park.
Tuttomercatoweb even reported recently that the Magpies had made an £11.4 million bid for the Italian international, whose modern blend of both work-rate and creativity would make him an excellent addition to Newcastle’s already impressive central midfield.
But it seems that Newcastle, once again, could be left disappointed in their pursuit of a top target.
Tuttosport reported last week that West Ham United had moved into pole position after meeting Juventus’s asking price, understood to be £17.5 million, for a player who recently celebrated a fourth straight Serie A title.
Missing out on Sturaro will be a blow for Rafa Benitez, who is allegedly a big admirer of the versatile midfielder. But it seems that, once again, finances will stand in the Spaniard’s way of bringing a real talent to Tyneside.
And a hefty dose of salt will be applied to the wounds if Sturaro starts next season as a West Ham player.