Transfer Rumour: Italian striker set to join EPL side on loan
Bournemouth has made a loan bid for AC Milan attacker Stephan El Shaarawy, according to a report from SkySport Italia.
The Italian forward has been on loan at French side Monaco this season but, despite scoring against Tottenham in the Europa League, is still to find the net in Ligue 1.
Apart from Bournemouth Genoa, Bologna and Fiorentina are also reported to be on the hunt for the 23-year-old attacker, who has bagged 17 caps for the Italian national team.
El Shaarawy started his career at Genoa but later moved to Milan after a successful loan stint at Serie B side Padova. But unfortunately, he suffered several injury setbacks before his moving to the French top flight last summer. The Italian striker enjoyed a sensational season in 2012-13, netting 16 times in 37 matches for Milan, but since then has battled one after another foot injuries.
Daily Mail claim that the Cherries are looking for a temporary switch for Shaarawy until May with a possibility to sealing a permanent deal worth £10m deal at a later date.
Milan are right now cash-strapped and would happily welcome any offers for their most valued talents.
On the other hand, Bournemouth already signed Juan Iturbe from Roma on loan for the rest of the season beating another English club Watford. The striker was interestingly all set to sign for the Premier League side Watford FC and even passed a medical test 3 days ago but Bournemouth from nowhere leapt into the race and their tactic looks like worked well.
Watford refused to increase their offer which was a six-month loan for €1.5m and option to buy for a €18m further. It would have taken the total cost of the deal to €19.5m (£14.2m). Then it was Bournemouth with a proposed €2m loan and a further €22m to buy outright at the end of this season.
Once regarded as the new Lionel Messi and just 18 months ago heavily linked with Europe’s elite teams, Iturbe earlier posted his thanks and goodbyes to the Roma fans as rumours of a loan switch to Watford gather pace.
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