Newcastle targeting sensational Ciro Immobile move

Ciro Immobile

Newcastle are interested in making a record-breaking swoop for Lazio striker Ciro Immobile.

The record fee the Magpies have paid for a player was £40m when they landed Joelinton from Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim.

However, they could now be set to pay €55m (£49m) for Immobile after a staggering report emerged on Monday night. 

Gazzetta Italia claim that potential new owners, PIF, are targeting an offer for the Italian forward who could set them back €8m (£7.1m) a season for five years.

It would be a remarkable statement of intent from the north-east club who have already been linked with their fair share of stars in recent weeks.

Philippe Coutinho and Kai Havertz were thrown into the mix, but signing a goalscorer as proven as Immobile would be quite something - especially for the fee and wages mentioned.

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

The sentence 'better than Joelinton' is a phrase that is starting to become a bit familiar to the Toon Army.

The Brazilian forward has scored just one Premier League goal since arriving in England and on that evidence alone, it's clear the Magpies need a better striker.

Immobile would be exactly that. He is one of the most lethal forwards in Europe, bagging 30 goals in all competitions this term, a tally that betters both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

The Italy international is ahead of both by five strikes and for someone with that ability to find the back of the net, a fee below £50m would surely be a bargain - especially after the price they paid for Joelinton.

The former Hoffenheim striker simply isn't good enough and at a time where Newcastle could significantly improve under PIF, they need reinforcements.

Immobile would be a fine start to the new era.

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