By Will Butcher
Newcastle fans have urged their club to stay away from signing Mattia Destro on Twitter after they had reportedly send scouts to watch him play.
Rafa Benitez is set to bolster his side this summer after being given assurances that he will be given a healthy transfer budget to spend on new talent.
Eight-time international Destro could be one of the first on that list, after scoring nine goals in 30 league and cup outings for his current side Bologna in Italy’s top tier.
Destro, who has also had spells with Inter Milan, AC Milan and Roma, has a contract until the summer of 2020 with his current side and it remains to be seen how much it would take for Bologna to sell.
However, Newcastle fans have urged their club to forget about buying the number 10, with some criticising his record in front of goal.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
He is terrible…
— Guy Powell (@GuyP89) May 14, 2017
= bang average
— Laws (@DanBenLaws) May 14, 2017
My friend who watches Serie A a lot tells me Destro is not good. Hmm…
— Dream Boat (@Dreamboatdeux) May 14, 2017
Really? His record isn’t too impressive
— NUFC Index (@NUFC_Index) May 14, 2017
Whats that? Destro? Decent player. Could he do it at Stoke on a wet windy evening….
— Ryan Davenport (@RyanDavenport89) May 14, 2017
— Saleh (@Saleh0vic) May 14, 2017
17 goals in 2 seasons
— Steve McKenna (@SteveMcKenna_) May 14, 2017
Benitez currently has three strikers available to him on Tyneside, in Dwight Gayle, Daryl Murphy and Aleksander Mitrovic.
In other Newcastle transfer news, here are three reasons why the Toon should hijack their Premier League rivals’ move for this out-of-favour striker.