Striker prepares for St James’ Park visit as Newcastle United linked with £21m move

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Duvan Zapata continues to be linked with Newcastle United via the Italian media.

Newcastle United can sign Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata for just £21million this summer, according to reports in Italy.

The Zapata links resurfaced in the Italian last week after first being linked with a move for the Colombian in January.

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It’s no secret that head coach Eddie Howe is keen to sign a striker this summer, although it will ideally be a player who is younger.

United had expected to land Hugo Ekitike, 20, before difficulties with his agent saw the transfer stall.

Ekitike, of course, joined French giants Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy next summer.

Zapata at 31-years-old, doesn’t fit the mold Howe is understood to be looking for, which casts over the Zapata links.

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Giorno journalist Fabrizio Carcano initially claimed Zapata is available for £34milliom, however newspaper L’Eco di Bergamo reports a significantly lower fee of £21m.

Zapata could feature at St James’ Park at the end of the month when Newcastle entertain Atalanta in a pre-season friendly.

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