Newcastle, Birmingham encouraged in pursuit of Catania star Maxi Lopez

Premier League clubs are being linked with Catania striker Maxi Lopez.

Lazio are one of the clubs rumoured to be after the 27-year-old's signature, while he was linked with both Newcastle United and Birmingham last year and his agent Dario Bombini claims the player could make a move to England.

"His future? It is in Italy or the Premier League," Bombini told Italian website ItaSportPress. "In the coming days I will be in Catania for talks. We have to find a solution that satisfies my client and Catania."

Lopez has revived his career in Italy after a difficult spell at Barcelona.

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