Premier League clubs are circling Luc Castaignos after Inter Milan made the Dutch forward available for transfer.
Newly promoted West Ham United are the front runners for the former Feyenoord starlet, though the 19 year old is attracting interest from other Premier League sides as well as from Serie A.
Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton are all look for new strikers for the 2012 season and are believed to have registered an interest in Castaignos, though Inter Milan are asking for £6m or a loan deal worth £1.6m – though Inter would rather loan him out to a fellow Serie A side to get the youngster some valuable experience.
Having gained a sensational reputation with Feyenoord for being a goalscoring machine, Castaignos has found first team action hard to come by at the San Siro and now appears to be heading out of Milan.
Given his limited match action in recent times, I don’t think a loan move would be good for teams like Liverpool or Tottenham. If they buy him, they can have time to develop him but with a loan player you’re asking for an impact over a short period of time. Everton or West Ham make more sense for the Dutchman because he’s more likely to be on the pitch for those teams. Even at Newcastle he’d struggle to play with Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse banging goals in for fun last season.
The Milan giants are currently undergoing a lot of changes this summer with Lucio and Maicon seemingly set for the exit and Castaignos could follow. For a long term project, a big club could get a bargain, whilst a team in need of a striker could get some value out of him for a year.
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