Newcastle United were linked with a move for Switzerland international Innocent Emeghara earlier this week and now the player, who was previously being eyed up by Celtic, has asked his club Siena for a transfer according to reports.
Nigerian-born Emeghara has really come to prominence in the last six months, as the striker who has played nine times for the Switzerland national team made a splash in Serie A.
On loan from FC Lorient, Emeghara scored seven goals in nine matches for Siena, and while it wasn’t enough to prevent the Italian club from being relegated to Serie B, he’d done enough to persuade Siena to make the 24-year-old’s move permanent for a fee of £2 million.
Only 5ft 7in tall, Innocent Emeghara has too much quality to be played in the second tier of Italian football, but Siena’s general manager is unwilling to let the Swiss star leave so soon on the cheap.
Stefano Antonelli said earlier this week: “Twenty-four clubs have asked about the player but most have the same approach. Livorno is the most advanced at this stage but then today comes Celtic.”
He continued: “On Emeghara we have expectations, but the market speaks a different language because it is a market with very little money. There are lots of ideas and then a lack of willingness, not to mention that when they come to talk to Siena they do know the real problems facing our club.”
So Siena may be forced to sell for a profit and ease their financial difficulties and Newcastle could pick up the striker for as little as five million Euros.