David Okereke’s agent has confirmed that he will be leaving Spezia Calcio this summer amid reported interest from clubs across Europe, such as Southampton.
The Saints have been linked with a move to sign the young Nigerian forward, who enjoyed a productive season in Serie B.
Okereke led the line well for Spezia and has subsequently earned plaudits, with a host of teams across the continent now looking to lure him away from the second tier of Italian football this summer.
Reports on Saturday indicated that Southampton had made an opening offer to land the striker, with an offer worth €10 million along with additional bonuses of €5 million lodged.
With speculation surrounding Okereke’s future at Spezia, his agent Patrick Bastianelli told the Italian media that his future would lie in one of the top five leagues in Europe.
The representative said:
By the end of June, Okereke will be sold.
It [his next destination] will be Serie A or a maximum foreign league because this will guarantee the boy an immediate convocation in his national team.
Southampton appear intent on signing a new striker this summer, and it has been reported that Birmingham City star Che Adams is their top priority.
Other forwards who Southampton could consider signing
Maupay was excellent for Brentford last season and has earned a Premier League move. Southampton could do far worse than recruit him.
Weah was excellent for the United States at the Under-20 World Cup this summer. The Paris Saint-Germain youngster could be a shrewd signing.
Isak is a hugely promising player. The Sweden international could be available as his first-team chances at Borussia Dortmund look slim ahead of next season.
Hurtado is regarded as one of South America’s most exciting young forwards. He has been linked with a Premier League move, and he would be a left-field choice for Southampton.
Augustin worked with Ralph Hasenhuttl at RB Leipzig. The young Frenchman would be an exciting addition.
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