By Aramide Oladipo
Inter Milan striker Stevan Jovetic has rejected a move to sign for Newcastle United this summer, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports Italy correspondent Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his personal website that the 27-year-old has declined an offer from the Magpies as he continues negotiations with La Liga side Sevilla.
The Montenegro international was sent out on loan to the Andalusian club last season where he contributed with seven goals and five assists in all competitions.
This follows up from the report in Tutto Mercato Web which claimed that the newly-promoted Premier League side were eyeing up a move for the striker who is valued at £12.7million.
Jovetic has already experienced life in England after spending two years at Manchester City where he won the league title during the 2013-14 campaign.
The Tyneside club have recently secured the signature of striker Joselu from league rivals Stoke City but adding another attacking option would be beneficial in their bid to survive in the Premier League.
The striker currently has two years remaining on his contract at the San Siro.
Football Insider verdict
This appears to be yet another setback for Newcastle during the transfer window. Players such as Tammy Abraham and Willy Caballero have reportedly opted against moves to St James’ Park this summer and Jovetic seems to be another one. The striker would have been a great addition to the Newcastle squad given his experience playing at the top level and also producing impressive performances during his spell in the Premier League. However, it is no surprise that he seemingly prefers a move to Sevilla following last season’s loan spell and the chance to compete in the Champions League this year.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies have entered talks over this defender.