News this morning that Newcastle have had a £13m bid turned down for Italian international, Manolo Gabbiadini, according to Italian media.

Sky Sports journalist Manuele Baiocchini, says that Newcastle offered 17m euros (approx £13m) plus bonuses for the striker but Napoli have turned it down.

Earlier this week Swansea had a reported £14m offer turned down for the 24 year old forward, with the Serie A club said to be looking for £16m.

Manolo Gabbiadini has already played for four different Serie A clubs and arrived last January at Napoli for 13m euros from Sampdoria.

Last season he scored a decent 15 Serie A goals for Sampdoria/Napoli from only 19 league starts (plus 13 sub appearances), which made him the fifth top scorer in the Italian top division.

However, this season Gabbiadini has struggled for game time and only made one Serie A start and eight as a sub, scoring one goal.

Higuain and Insigne have scored 24 goals between them to put Napoli joint second in the table, only one point off the top.

To bolster their title bid, the Italian club appear ready to trade Manolo Gabbiadini to bring in another player(s) to strengthen their team/squad.

Despite struggling this season for opportunities in the league (though he has scored four in four games in the Europa League), the striker continues to be included in the national team. As recently as November, Gabbiadini featured as a substitute and scored against Romania.

If Newcastle’s reported interest is genuine, then their reported bid doesn’t appear to be too far away from what Napoli want.

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren refused to talk about transfers at his press conference yesterday but has made clear on a number of occasions that he is desperate for another striker.