Southampton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are in the race to sign Spezia Calcio striker David Okereke, his agent has confirmed.
The Saints had been heavily linked with a swoop to recruit the Nigerian, with previous reports indicating that they had lodged an offer worth €10 million with additional bonuses worth €5 million included.
However, speculation surrounding Okereke’s possible switch to St Mary’s Stadium quietened while the club tied up a £14 million deal for Standard Liege star Moussa Djenepo.
The 21-year-old is set to be high in demand this summer, though, and according to his agent Ben Itorho, Southampton are still among the clubs who are interested in signing him.
Okereke’s representative told All Nigeria Soccer of the ever-growing interest in his client. He said:
Southampton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle are showing interest but there are other clubs who want him. Club Brugge, Genk and Sassuolo have strong interest in him.
They want Okereke in the Premier League but the player has to take a decision with his footballing future in mind.
Southampton could be on the lookout for a new striker this summer as Ralph Hasenhuttl continues to reshape a youthful first-team squad ahead of his first full season in charge.
Okereke scored 10 goals in Serie B last season, while also contributing with 12 assists in the second tier of Italian football.
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Adams was excellent for Birmingham City last season and is on Southampton’s radar. He would suit Hasenhuttl’s style of play.
Genoa youngster Kouame is an extremely bright prospect. He remains raw but has the capacity to become an exceptional striker.
Augustin worked with Hasenhuttl at RB Leipzig. He could add a different dimension to Southampton’s current attacking options.
Chalov is held in high esteem by those in Russia. The CSKA Moscow youngster has
Maupay was impressive for Brentford last season. The Frenchman would be an astute signing for most clubs in the PremierLeagu
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