TRANSFER TALK Sunderland linked with Napoli attacker Lorenzo Insigne but Benitez expected to say no

Lorenzo Insigne (front) celebrates an Italian Under 21 goal.
Lorenzo Insigne (front) celebrates an Italian Under 21 goal.
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SUNDERLAND are rumoured to have made a bid for Napoli attacker Lorenzo Insigne according to the Sunday Sun and Metro papers.

The 22-year-old, who can play on the left wing or as a striker, is regarded as a rising star of Italian football.

And although he remains a regular in the Italian Under 21 side he recently earned promotion to the senior squad.

At 5ft 4ins tall he would be the smallest player in the Premier League if he were to join Sunderland this summer and although his size would count against him, his goals record while on recent season-long loans to Foggia and Pescara have been impressive.

It is unlikely Insigne features high on Sunderland’s shopping list – especially with a £6m fee being talked about – but regardless of that, there is every indication that Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is ready to offer the diminutive attacker more of a key role at the club next season anyway.

His agent Fabio Andreotti said: “There has been an offer from Sunderland for Insigne.

“We met with Napoli to discuss it and Rafa Benitez assured us there is a role at the club for the player next season.

“Rafa likes him a lot.”