Newcastlew United have been linked with a lot of players in the January transfer window and now they’re apparently eyeing up a move for Mario Balotelli.
Newcastle’s new found wealth, thanks to their new owners, plus their need to get out of the relegation zone meant transfer rumours, and actual transfers, were inevitable this month
So far Eddie Howe has added Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood to his team, although many more, such as Eden Hazard and Anthony Martial, have been linked with the club, both reportedly turning down offers.
One player who is apparently on their radar is Balotelli, although the Premier League club have not yet made a move to bring the Italian back to the Premier League.
The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker is currently playing in Turkey for Adana Demirspor and the club’s president has claimed the 31-year-old is wanted in Newcastle.
“An Arab team made an offer for Balotelli yesterday. We refused,” Demirspor’s Murat Sancak told Turkish outlet Fanatik of another offer for the striker.
“We said, we do not intend to sell.
“Newcastle United were considering signing Balotelli, but so far they have not made us an offer.
“There is an exit clause in his contract. I will not tell you the number.”
The former Inter and AC Milan striker only moved to Turkey last July and it’s easy to see why the club president doesn’t want to see him go.
Balotelli has scored seven goals in 18 appearances so far this season, and also got two assists, and the team currently sit fifth in the league, above Fenerbahce.
Earlier in the season the controversial striker was in typical form as he scored twice in his side’s incredible comeback draw against Besiktas.