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Spezia striker M’Bala Nzola is flattered by reported interest from the likes of Newcastle United and West Ham after his stunning start to the Serie A season, as reported by FantaCalcio.

It is hard to believe that this is the the 24-year-old Frenchman’s first ever top-flight campaign.

Because Nzola has been nothing short of a revelation across 2020/21, scoring eight times in his last nine games for newly-promoted Spezia – including a penalty in last week’s stunning 2-1 win away at Napoli.

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Calciomercato report that Newcastle have shown an interest in one of European football’s breakthrough stars, while West Ham are also looking for a new striker after selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax.

“I am pleased that so many teams are getting interested,” said a giddy Nzola, who dreams of a goal-laden future at another Premier League outfit.

“Lyon are my favorite team and it would be nice to be able to wear that shirt in the future. Another challenge I would like to experience would be to play for Chelsea.

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“But, right now, I want to continue helping the team even more, with humility and work.”

Standing at 6ft 1ins, Nzola is a nightmare for defenders due to his fearsome blend of power, speed and lethal finishing skills.

So comparisons with Inter Milan talisman Romelu Lukaku, Italy’s hottest striker, were nothing short of inevitable.

“Do I resemble him in certain things? They often tell me (that I do). Lukaku is a player that I always watch, that I like as a player,” Nzola said when speaking to DAZN.

“We have the same physicality, in my opinion, yes.”

If the languid and often lethargic Haller was not quite what David Moyes wanted from a centre-forward, the same certainly cannot be said about Nzola – a line-leading powerhouse who shares far more with Michail Antonio than Ajax’s £20m record signing.

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