Tottenham transfer news: Spurs to land Serie A striker?

first_imgTottenham could be in the process of luring Roma forward Mattia Destro to White Hart Lane, according to reports in Italy. The striker was previously considered not for sale by Rudi Garcia, but Sport Mediaset say the purchase of Juan Iturbe has changed Destro’s position in the squad, meaning the Serie A side are more open to Tottenham’s advances. talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight has the details…Name: Mattia DestroDate of birth: 20 March, 1991Birthplace: Ascoli Piceno, ItalyPosition: StrikerClub: AS RomaInternational appearances: 5 (Italy)What’s the latest?Italian outlet Sport Mediaset say the arrival of Juan Iturbe in Rome means Destro will no longer be a regular starter for Roma next season, and that could mean the club consider the enquiries they have had for the forward this summer. Along with Tottenham, Bundesliga side Wolfsburg are also said to be interested.Did you know?1) Destro joined the Inter academy in 2005, winning several honours at youth level and standing out from his peers. In 2010, Genoa signed him in a loan deal with the option to buy, and in September of that year he made both his Serie A debut and goal debut against Chievo.2) At the end of the 2011/12 season Destro was loaned out to Siena, where he would go on to score regularly for the first time in his senior career, producing 13 goals in 32 appearances for the humble Tuscan side. In the summer of 2012 he was on the move again, this time to AS Roma.3) The 2012/13 campaign proved to be a memorable one for the forward, with five goals in five Coppa Italia games – including three against boyhood club Inter – making him the top scorer in the competition.4) Last season saw Destro continue to find the net against the tougher sides in Serie A, with goals against Fiorentina and AC Milan in the league. The striker scored his first league hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Cagliari on April 6, 2014.5) Destro was a regular for Italy at youth level, playing in the U17, U19 and U21 sides. Though he made the initial 32-man list for the seniors ahead of Euro 2012, he missed the final cut, but was soon rewarded with his debut in August of that year, playing against England at Wembley. His first Italy goal came in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Malta in September 2012.They say“Destro is no longer non-transferable. It’s a delicate issue at Roma, given the good things he has done as Rudi Garcia’s striker. Something has changed in the last few days however, perhaps to do with the purchase of Iturbe who, with Gervinho and Totti, will form the trident set to assault Juventus. There has been strong pressure from abroad regarding Destro. First Wolfsburg, then Tottenham. Offers that were made to the player and the club were rejected, but something is changing, with doubts about his immediate future.” Sport Mediaset on Destro.Video evidenceSpurs fans, what do you think about Destro? Let us know below… 1 talkSPORT looks at Spurs target Mattia Destro last_img