Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Black Cats Not Big Enough for Wanted Striker Dzeko; BOSNIAN WANTS EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Black Cats Not Big Enough for Wanted Striker Dzeko; BOSNIAN WANTS EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

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Byline: STUART RAYNER Sports writer @stuart.rayner@trinitymirror.com @sturayner

SUNDERLAND seem unlikely to land ex-Manchester City star Edin Dzeko - despite their apparent willingness to spend big to sign a proven Premier League striker this summer.

The Bosnian is the latest player linked to the Stadium of Light as Sam Allardyce targets someone to ease the goalscoring burden on Jermain Defoe.

The 33-year-old was the club's top scorer last season with 15 Premier League goals. The next best return was Fabio Borini's five.

As with West Ham's Diafro Sakho and Swansea's Andre Ayew, Dzeko's club are holding out for more money than Sunderland are prepared to pay.

Even if that can be resolved, the indications from Italy are Dzeko would not be prepared to move to the North East.

Roma paid around PS14m to make Dzeko's loan from Man City permanent and are unwilling to take a loss on the player.

That puts him in a similar price bracket to Sakho and Ayew.

Wages of PS140,000 a week and Dzeko's age - 31 - have not put Sunderland off but their bid was around PS11m.

Dzeko is to have Luciano he is only to leave big-name Even if the Black Cats meet Roma's asking price, Dzeko is believed to have told coach Luciano Spalletti he is only prepared to leave for a big-name club. Since 2009, Dzeko (below) has only spent one season out of the Champions League, playing Europa League football for City in his first campaign. Roma have qualified for the play-off round of next season's competition.

Turkish club Besiktas, who have qualified direct for next season's competition but still may not be considered a suitably big club by Dzeko, have also been linked, as have West Ham who will be in the Europa League.

City paid PS27m to bring him from Wolfsburg in 2011 but he was on the fringes. Despite that, he scored 50 goals in 130 Premier League appearances.

Frustrated at his lack of opportunities, Dzeko joined Roma on a season-long loan for Edin Dzeko 2015-16, which became permanent in October after triggering the deal's performance-related clauses. …

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