Newcastle and Spurs consider summer move for £25m forward compared to Liverpool legend
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Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering summer moves for a Serie A forward that has been compared to Liverpool star Mo Salah.
Icelandic international Albert Gudmundsson has become a key figure at Genoa ever since he moved to the Luigi Ferraris Stadium in cut price move from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar during the January 2022 transfer window. Despite scoring his first goal for his new side in a 2-1 win against Juventus in the final month of the same season, Gudmundsson was unable to prevent Genoa from slipping into Serie B by the end of the campaign.
However, the forward did score 11 goals and provided five assists to ensure they secured an immediate return to Italy’s top tier and he has proved his worth at a higher level so far this season with 11 goals and three assists in 23 appearances. Gudmundsson’s performances earned him a new deal at Genoa amid reported interest from a number of clubs and one team-mate believes he is already showing similarities to one current Premier League star.
Speaking of Gudmundsson’s progress, former Ajax midfielder Kevin Strootman told Italian news outlet Il Secolo XIX: “If he keeps improving, he won’t stay at Genoa for long. He reminds me of Salah when he was at Roma, in that every now and then he disappears. Much like Salah then, he would have four or five chances per match and only score at most one. They used to say that if Salah was more clinical, he would be playing for Liverpool, and that is exactly what happened. All joking aside, Gudmundsson is a devastating player and also an exemplary professional.”
Fiorentina were the first club to show their hand when they were unsuccessful in an attempt to sign the 26-year-old during the January transfer window. However, Italian outlet CalcioMercato have now claimed Newcastle and Tottenham are ‘following’ Gudmudsson and suggests Genoa could be persuaded to sell their prize asset if they receive an offer of over £25m.