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Newcastle consider move for Mario Balotelli, confirms his current club’s president


Mario Balotelli is currently playing in Turkey with Adana Demirspor (Picture: Getty Images)

Newcastle United are considering a move for former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, confirms Adana Demirspor president Murat Sancak.

The 31-year-old moved to the Turkish side in the summer and has been in fine form, scoring eight goals in 20 games since arriving at the team managed by fellow Italian Vincenzo Montella.

The Magpies are looking at the Italy international as a possible target in the January transfer window, with Sancak taking the unusual step of revealing their interest.

‘Newcastle was considering signing Balotelli,’ Murat Sancak said, via Fanatik.

‘But so far they have not made an official offer. There is an exit clause in his contract. But I cannot reveal the amount of that clause.’

The very open club president also revealed that he has received an offer from Saudi Arabia for Balotelli, but said: ‘We refused,’ he said. ‘We said, “We do not intend to sell.”‘

They would not be able to refuse to sell if Newcastle, or any other side, met his release clause though, which would leave the decision in the player’s hands.

Newcastle have just spent around £25m on former Burnley striker Chris Wood, so may not have quenched their thirst for a striker this month.

The newly-monied Magpies appear to be concentrating more keenly on improving their defence, with manager Eddie Howe wanting two centre-backs this month.

Players like Sevilla’s Diego Carlos and Burnley’s James Tarkowski have been targeted, but clubs know that Newcastle are now capable of spending enormous sums, so are negotiating hard when they come calling.


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