Thursday November 18 2010
Juve to make Lopez bid

Juventus have decided to make an offer for Catania striker Maxi Lopez in the January transfer window, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Beppe Marotta is keen to reinforce the centre-forward position, as Vincenzo Iaquinta and particularly Amauri aren't offering guarantees.

Juventus had hoped to bring in someone of Diego Forlan's ilk, but the Atletico Madrid striker costs too much after his award-winning performances at the World Cup in South Africa.

La Gazzetta claims Marotta has sent his scouts to watch Lopez in recent matches and that his good relationship with Pietro Lo Monaco will smooth the way for a deal.

Juventus did business with Catania in the summer, signing Uruguayan winger Jorge Martinez for a sizeable fee.

Lopez scored 11 goals in 17 games for the Sicilian outfit last season following a move from Gremio in January.

He has an Italian passport and although he has only found the net twice in the current campaign, Maxi is still being linked with a big move.