AS Roma striker Mattia Destro is to join Bologna on a season-long loan with a view to making it permanent this time next year.
The Italian forward, who spent the second-half of last season out on loan with AC Milan, was strongly linked with a move to the Premier League, with recently-promoted Norwich City interested in signing him.
However, he confirmed yesterday that he will be staying in Italy and will be joining Bologna on a temporary basis. The deal will cost the Serie A side around £700,000 in loan fees, and they have the opportunity to make it a permanent deal next summer if they agree to pay Roma £6.3million.
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The 24-year-old has been at Roma for three years now, since arriving back in 2012 from Siena, and in his 54 league appearances for the club, he netted an impressive 24 goals. Despite his impressive scoring record, Rudi Garcia decided to loan the forward out to AC Milan during the second half of last season.
Whilst at the San Siro, he made 15 league appearances, but only managed to net three goals. Destro was strongly linked with a move to the Premier League last summer, with Arsenal and Chelsea both reportedly interested, but after nothing formal came of their interest, he opted to stay put in Italy.
A year on, Bologna and Norwich were battling it out for his signature, but the striker confirmed yesterday that he would be joining the former on a season-long loan.
Destro Confirms Move
"Today my new adventure begins at Bologna," said Destro on Twitter.
"I will give it my all to repay your faith! I'm comiiiiiing! #weareone #goals #assists "
The news will come as a big blow to The Canaries, who are desperately looking to sign a striker to keep them in the Premier League.
Norwich currently have Gary Hooper, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Cameron Jerome and Lewis Grabban at the club, but manager Alex Neil admitted that they were looking for a new striker and Destro was one of their main targets.
"There are ongoing negotiations with quite a few players, not just players but clubs and agents and different things like that, but yes, he is a player who has been discussed," he said.