Innocent Emeghara: Could the Serie A star be a Newcastle saviour?

The 25-year-old has been the subject of several transfer rumours involving Premier League teams – could Newcastle benefit from signing him?

Remember the name Innocent Emeghara – he could be coming to a Premier League club near you, or that’s what certain less-than-reputable sources would have you believe.

The facts of the matter are this: the 25-year-old Nigeria-born Swiss international is currently without a club since previous employers Siena seemingly imploded financially, with the team now restarting life down in Serie D.

That has left Emeghara and several other high-profile names seeking alternative employment and while the striker has so far failed to find another team, he remains something approaching hot property in this barren spell between the summer and January transfer windows.

Speaking to Radio Blu earlier this week, the former Lorient forward seemingly outed Fiorentina as one of the supposedly many suitors keen to recruit the Lagos-born star, though he remained coy on the subject.

“Fiorentina? They are a great side and it’s a shame for Giuseppe Rossi [who is injured], but I cannot comment,” he said.

He did not hesitate to blow his own trumpet in terms of the interest he was generating on the continent, however, stating: "Many clubs are interested in me and my agent has many negotiations on the go, but I cannot say anything about that."

At this stage details of this supposed interest remains sketch at best, with the likes of Sunderland and West Ham linked with moves for Emeghara.

But one team that could certainly benefit from a striker of his ilk is Newcastle, with Papiss Cisse still a few weeks away from a return after injury and the trio of Emmanuel Riviere, Ayoze Perez and Facundo Ferreyra looking some months away from finding their feet in the Premier League.

Emeghara would certainly bring some top-flight pedigree to the Toon squad, having previously thrived in separate spells with two unfashionable then Serie A clubs in Siena and Livorno.

A return of seven goals in 17 games for Siena in the 2012-13 season was particularly impressive, while the man known to some simply as ‘Innocent’ has been capped nine times by Switzerland – including a last-minute appearance against England in a Euro 2012 qualifier.

An accomplished finisher who is also known for his fine aerial ability, Emeghara also has a reputation as something of a team player who is known for tracking back and providing defensive cover and support where required. He's also not afraid of making important tackles if needed.

Better dribbling with the ball than passing it, he would most likely prove a cheaper option than other free agent alternatives like Hugo Almeida and Jonas.

And with Newcastle failing to find the net in two of their three Premier League fixtures so far this term – it could prove to be a dream move for all concerned.

For now though, it remains just that for Toon fans and myself: a dream. In the meantime, here are some of his best bits.


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