Serie A giants AC Milan should enquire about the availability of out-of-sorts Borussia Dortmund forward Ciro Immobile.
The Italian, who only moved to the Bundesliga from Torino in the summer, has struggled to fill the void left by Robert Lewandoski’s departure to Bayern Munich and looks a far cry from the forward that fired his way to the Golden Boot last term.
And with Milan in need of a talisman following the woeful form of Chelsea loanee Fernando Torres, they should make a move for a player clearly missing his homeland and in need of a major confidence boost.
Dortmund as a whole have been abysmal this season, and currently reside bottom of the Bundesliga table with seven defeats from 12 games and just three wins to their name.
Despite snaring Immobile and securing the return of Shinj Kagawa from Manchester United, it seems having their best talent cherry-picked by Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich has finally taken its toll.
The 24-year-old forward has found the net just twice in nine league games, though has impressed more on the European scene with three goals in the Champions League, where the club’s form has been most impressive.
His performances have failed to justify his purchase, and with the shadow of Lewandoski looming large the player looks jaded by the expectations of the fans and seems to have lost his prolific, goalscoring touch as a result.
With Torres showing no signs of turning his malaise around, Milan should consider swooping for one of the brightest talents Italy have produced in recent years.
The exit of Mario Balotelli to Liverpool may have rid them of a controversial character, but his goal record at the San Siro was outstanding and despite his current woes in England is proving difficult to replace.
Immobile netted 22 times in the league for an impressive Torino last term, and still possesses enough ability to forge himself a credible career in the game even if Dortmund could be a mission doomed to fail.
His experience of playing in Serie A could make him an attractive option to manager Filippo Inzaghi, who was renowned for his own deadliness during his playing days and could look to mould the youngster into his own true heir.
Whether or not Dortmund would be prepared to cut their losses on such a new recruit remains to be seen, but Milan should at least enquire to see if he would be interested in a quick return to Italy.
Robin Van Persie remains an alternative, but rivals Inter are reportedly in the driving seat to win the race for his signature.
A loan deal with an option to buy at the end of the season could suit both parties, and bring his miserable time in Germany to an end.