St James’ Park club to sign Stadio Olimpico hot-shot.
Newcastle United are planning a January raid for Roma striker Marco Borriello to fill the boots of Andy Carroll.
The 29-year-old has lost his starting place in the team and the Serie A side are keen to move him on to generate cash for new acquisitions.
The Italy international has been forced to play on the flanks under boss Luis Enrique, and is growing frustrated about being played out of position.
The Magpies have sent scouts to watch Borriello several times and despite having three years left on his contract hope to sign him for around £9.5million.
It will end manager Alan Pardew’s year-long search for a Carroll replacement who was sold to Liverpool for £35million last January.
The Toon Army boss has given up hope of signing number one target Modibo Maiga until at least next summer.
Newcastle will face stiff competition for Borriello’s signature with Lazio, Udinese and Sampdoria all interested.
Pardew is hoping a fresh challenge of the Premier League will be enough to sway the hit-man to move to St James’ Park.