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Bournemouth poised to sign second Serie A ace

| 08.01.2016

Encouraged by their loan signing of Roma’s Juan Iturbe, AFC Bournemouth are poised to dip into Serie A once more with a loan move for Stephan El Shaarawy.

The AC Milan midfielder is currently on loan at Monaco but after failing to score in 15 outings for the French side it seems Ligue 1 is not a great fit for the 23-year-old Italy international’s talents.

El Shaarawy started his career in Italy with Genoa but caught the eye during a loan spell with Serie B side Calcio Padova, where he netted nine goals in 30 games from the wing.

His performances at the Stadio Euganeo were enough to convince AC Milan to strike a deal worth €20m with Genoa to secure the midfielder’s services.

The Savona-born star was heavily involved from the off at the San Siro, playing in 28 games in his first season and scoring four goals.

It was during the following campaign however that El Shaarawy flirted with becoming a household name. A return of 19 goals in 46 games saw some of Europe’s biggest clubs circle but injuries and a subsequent lack of game time have hampered the youngster’s progress ever since.

He managed just nine games and one goal in 2013-14 and 19 appearances and three strikes in 2014-15.

It was hoped that a loan spell with Monaco would rejuvenate his career but with just three goals in Europe and none on the domestic scene Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will hope both Milan and El Shaarawy agree that a change of scenery is in order.

The player’s former club Genoa along with Bologna and Fiorentina are also thought to be chasing the player but Howe will hope the chance to link up with Iturbe in an attack-minded side playing in the Premier League will make the Cherries the most attractive option.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.