Newcastle United can afford a deal for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen but will have to convince the Italian club into a sale.

That’s according to journalist Carlo Alvino, who has commented on the situation after reports emerged regarding Newcastle’s interest in the striker.

The Magpies have just four days left to finish bolstering their squad this month following the arrivals of Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood.

Finding a striker to further bolster their options and add to the arrival of Wood is likely to be among their aims, and Osimhen has emerged as a target over the last few days, which came with some doubts.

It’s believed Newcastle are willing to spend big to secure the striker’s signature, but the vast majority of articles suggest this move would be likelier to take place in the summer.

They’ll have to talk Napoli and their president Aurelio de Laurentiis, who is known as a tough negotiator on the transfer market, into a deal first, though.

And Alvino says that while they have the money to do so, it may not be as easy as that for Eddie Howe and co.

“Let’s be clear, the English of Newcastle, as an ownership, can afford to buy Osimhen and all of Napoli put together,” Area Napoli report him saying.

“It’s a monstrous economic power, but it doesn’t seem to me that Napoli are thinking about a transfer of this kind.

“I can tell you that there is no apprehension in this sense. So the player remains at Napoli; rest assured.”