French-born forward M’Bala Nzola has reportedly attracted interest from Newcastle United, West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers, according to Birmingham Live.

The 24-year-old has hit the ground running since joining then-Serie B side Spezia permanently in October.

He has been involved in three goals in four league games already this term in what is his first stint in the Italian top flight. As it is for his club, Spezia.

His tally features two goals in his last outing against Benevento and an assist in his first league start this campaign, against Parma.

Nzola has now been linked with a move to England in January. Newcastle United, West Ham and Wolves are all keen to acquire his services, according to Tuttomercato.

‘Consolidate experience’

However, the Frenchman’s agent, Didier Pingsi, dismissed speculation of a January move. He has deemed it too early at this stage in Nzola’s career.

Pingsi refused to rule out a potential transfer at a later date, however. And he indicated the striker has set his sights set on all five of Europe’s major leagues.

“I think M’Bala must now consolidate his experience in Serie A,” his agent said.


“Then he’ll be ready for the five most important European championships – England, France, Spain, Germany and precisely Italy.”

Nzola’s record

The versatile striker joined Spezia on a short-term loan deal from Trapani during the second half of last season.

He helped Spezia earn promotion to Serie A with six goals in the league and one in their play-off semi-final against Chievo.

MBala Nzola of Spezia during the Serie A match against Benevento Calcio at Stadio Ciro Vigorito on November 7, 2020. (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Overall, Nzola has nine goals and one assist from 25 appearances for the side.

Possible Premier League switch?

The striker has also played in Portugal for Sertanense and Academica Coimbra. That experience, plus his Angolan dual nationality, may ease a route towards Wolves. The club has prominent Portuguese and French speakers in its squad.

Wolves brought in Fabio Silva in the summer but are arguably unlikely to lure another forward to the club in the near future.

However, Newcastle and West Ham could do with additional firepower.

That would alleviate the pressure on first-choice talismans Callum Wilson and Michail Antonio respectively.

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