Newcastle United have been told that Victor Osimhen “will stay” in Italy this summer as Napoli “have no intention of getting rid of him”.

Man Utd have also been linked with the Napoli forward. It was reported earlier this month that Newcastle were ‘ready to go crazy’ to sign him. 

The Nigeria international has previously had spells at Wolfsburg and Lille. Napoli paid a fee that could rise to €80m to bring him in before the 2020/21 campaign.

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The 23-year-old has provided 13 goals and four assists from his 24 appearances this season in Serie A and the Europa League.

The striker netted a brace over the weekend beat their Serie A rivals Hellas Verona 2-1.

A report via Sport Witness has claimed that Osimhen would cost interested clubs more than €100m.

Sky Italia journalist Mario Giunta had added to this. He has suggested that Osimhen is “fine” at Napoli so he will still be there next season:

“There are many clubs on the Nigerian, but I feel like giving some news: Osimhen will stay in Naples again next season,” Giunta told Radio Goal.

“Aurelio De Laurentiis and Luciano Spalletti are crazy about him and have no intention of getting rid of him.

“In addition, the former Lille man earns important figures in Campania. He is fine and doesn’t press to go away.”

Everton manager Frank Lampard doesn’t believe their clash with Newcastle on Thursday will define their season despite a dismal run of form.

“It is my job to be confident, to be positive, to be realistic and the realistic view is we have 12 games and some games in hand on other teams around us,” Lampard said.

“Of course they are only any good if win them. We are waiting for that moment when something turns in our favour.

“If things go in our favour on Thursday, it will look very different (to the Wolves game).

“When we are where we are at, there is a longer road to try to get out of this.

“We can’t rely on one result to change it for us in a positive manner, just the same as we can’t take on one result that we really wanted to win that didn’t go our way.

“Maybe it will turn in our favour but all we can can do is work. We can’t think about ‘maybes’ and ‘what ifs’ and what happens, about home games or away games.”

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