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Report: Torino's Josef Martinez wants move, he's deciding between Newcastle and Hamburg

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Newcastle United are reportedly keen on Torino attacker Josef Martinez.

According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, Torino attacker Josef Martinez has decided to leave the club – and is deciding whether to join Hamburg or Newcastle.

Martinez, 23, joined Torino from Swiss side Young Boys in the summer of 2014, and hit seven goals in 40 appearances during his first season with the club.

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Last season was a little more difficult, with just four goals in 23 games, whilst this term, the Venezuelan international has scored twice but started just four league games – and his future looks bleak.

With winger Iago Falque making his loan move from Roma permanent and Juan Iturbe leaving the Stadio Olimpico to join Torino on loan, Martinez is dropping down the pecking order under Sinisa Mihajlovic, especially with star striker Andrea Belotti staying at the club.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Now, Martinez – who can play out wide or up front – is believed to be on his way out of the club this month, with Italian newspaper Tuttosport reporting that he has decided to leave Torino, with one of two destinations looking likely.

It's claimed that Martinez is weighing up whether to join German side Hamburg, or head to Newcastle United in the hope of playing in the Premier League next season.

Hamburg lie 16th in the Bundesliga, just five points above bottom club Darmstadt, whilst Newcastle are vying for promotion to the Premier League under Rafael Benitez, making the Magpies seem like a more attractive proposition.

Martinez will allegedly make a decision on his future next week, and whilst it's unclear just how much he would cost, his pace and trickery would make him a dangerous attacking weapon for Benitez's Magpies for the second half of the season and beyond – if he does choose a move to St. James' Park.

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