Newcastle and West Ham linked with Serie A forward who has rejected contract offer – report
By Will Butcher
Newcastle and West Ham are set to go head-to-head in a bid to tempt Italian star Lorenzo Insigne from Napoli, according to a report.
The 25-year-old is unhappy with his current pay cheque, which sees him pocket around £1.5million-a-year after bonuses.
Italian publication Il Mattino claim that both Newcastle and West Ham have tabled huge offers that would see the Italy international almost triple his wages to around £4.3million-a-year, for five years.
Serie A giants Inter Milan have also reignited their interest, after making a £30million offer for Insigne last summer. The tricky winger, who is renowned as a left-sided attacker but can also play as a shadow striker, has three years remaining on his Napoli deal.
Insigne is looking to leave the Italian giants after his agent, Fabio Andreotti, confirmed that they had rejected Napoli’s offer of £2.15million a year in an interview with Radio CRC.
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The Napoli graduate has been in superb form this season for the Partenopei, scoring 13 goals in all competitions during 37 encounters.
Insigne, who has 12 Italy caps to his name, made his debut back in 2010 for Napoli, in a league match against Livorno.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez could find that his time as Napoli manager might help Insigne ignore the drop to the Championship, while West Ham’s lure of European football will also be used as a bargaining tool to tempt him away from the Stadio San Paolo.
In other Newcastle transfer news, this Magpies playmaker could move back to his home nation after a nightmare stay on Tyneside.