Friday January 18 2019
Report: Defrel set for Newcastle

Sampdoria striker Gregoire Defrel is reportedly on the verge of joining Premier League side Newcastle United.

According to ANSA, Newcastle are ‘very close’ to agreeing a €15m deal for Defrel, who has since been replaced at Samp by Manolo Gabbiadini.

The Frenchman scored 23 goals in 73 appearances for Sassuolo before moving to Roma for €20m in the summer of 2017.

However, injuries and constantly being played out on the right as opposed to his favoured position of centre-forward saw him score just once for the Giallorossi.

Defrel did net six times in his first 12 Serie A appearances for Samp, whom he joined on loan with an €18.5m option to buy last year, but he has failed to add to his tally in the League since November 11.

The Magpies, coached by ex-Napoli boss Rafa Benitez, are the Premier League’s second-worst goalscorers and find themselves a point adrift of safety.

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