Stefano Sturaro reportedly closing in on Newcastle switch

Stefano Sturaro of Juventus during the serie A match between FC Crotone and Juventus at Stadio Comunale Ezio Scida on April 18, 2018 in Crotone, Italy.

Newcastle United may reportedly be close to securing a deal for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro.

Stefano Sturaro (L) of Juventus FC jumps for the ball against Mohamed Fares of Hellas Verona during the serie A match between Juventus and Hellas Verona FC at Allianz Stadium on May 19,...

Newcastle United may finally have received the green light in their reported hunt to sign Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro.

Serie A giants Juventus are about to sanction the Italian enforcer’s switch to St James’ Park, according to Calciomercato.

The report details that a deal is “about to close” and that it could be worth around £13.2million, with the Magpies trying to convince the player of a move to England.

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Sturaro, 25, is a combative central midfielder who has four international caps for Italy and is renowned for his defensive work.

Rolando Mandragora of Crotone competes for the ball with Stefano Sturaro of Juvnetus during the serie A match between FC Crotone and Juventus at Stadio Comunale Ezio Scida on April 18,...

Tuttosport previously reported in June that Premier League rivals West Ham United had moved into pole position for the Juventus midfielder after agreeing to match a £17.5million asking price.

Meanwhile, Tuttomeractoweb even claimed that Newcastle had previously made an £11.4million offer for him.

Stefano Sturaro of Juventus comes on for the injured Mattia De Sciglio of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between FC Barcelona and Juventus at Camp Nou on September...

However, it seems like Newcastle are now front-runners to sign Sturaro and he would bolster the options in the centre of the park at St James' Park.

He enjoyed a frustrating campaign last season by making just 19 appearances across all competitions, which is why a fresh move to a new club could help him reignite his form.

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