Some lesser-lauded rumour mongers are today suggesting Tottenham have made a move for Sassuolo striker Simone Zaza.
If Spurs are intent on luring the Italian international to White Hart Lane this transfer window, a feat they’re 6/5 to achieve, they’ll have to run a much more intricate negotiation gauntlet than usual, owing to Juventus owning 50 per cent of his registration.
Still, his Serie A stats from this season suggest the Lilywhites wouldn’t go far wrong pursuing the player.
In 24 starts last term he bagged nine goals, impressing Antonio Conte sufficiently to earn a first Azzurri cap in September.
This season he has savoured even more joy in the final third, bagging seven times in 13 outings.
It’s not just favourable numbers dictating he’s worth Mauricio Pochettino taking a gamble on.
These three Italian strikers didn’t make their names at the top end of Serie A, but have all prospered in the Premier League and the north Londoners will be hoping Zaza can replicate their exploits.
Don’t be fooled by the hairstyle, the Southampton sharpshooter isn’t, nor has ever been, a 1950’s New York advertising mogul.
He is, however, an excellent goalscorer, though this wasn’t the case prior to his move to Feyenoord in 2012.
Several false starts in the lower reaches of the kingdom of calcio representing minnows such as Leece, Catania, Crotone and Cesena resulted in him being shipped out to the Netherlands.
A four-year stint with AZ Alkmaar yielded 16 goals in 91 outings, but he caught fire at De Kuip.
In total he notched 55 goals in 66 appearances, before an £8.8m switch to St Mary’s; his current tally stands at 11 in 24.
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Gianfranco Zola aside, the West Ham favourite is arguably the biggest success of all the Azzurri imports, in a playing capacity at least.
A few frustrating years at Lazio led to a Celtic stopover before he was signed by Sheffield Wednesday.
He got 17 in 48 Owls run outs before heading to Upton Park.
His goal record was respectable in east London, 16 in 30 league games was his personal best seasonal haul, but his effervescent, impassioned performances were what endeared him to the Irons’ faithful forever and always.
Derby forked out £1.5m to lure the two-time Italy striker from Foggia in 1997 and, while he may have petered out in the east Midlands, an electrifying start to life in Ramsville earned him a spot in County folklore.
He bagged 13 in his maiden season at the Baseball Ground, but a start of eight in eight promised much more.