Report: Sampdoria track Figueirense forward Clayton ahead of possible move
Sampdoria are tracking Figueirense forward Clayton, ahead of possibly placing a bid, according to reports.
The website of respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the Serie A outfit are eyeing Clayton as a potential replacement for Italy international Stefano Okaka, who is said to be close to joining Anderlecht.
Clayton is believed to be one of a number of forward options Sampdoria are considering – Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli and free agent Antonio Cassano have been linked – and they are expected to follow him closely in the coming weeks.
The 19 year-old – full name Clayton da Silveira da Silva – has been around the Figueirense first-team since 2012, when he debuted against Flamengo.
He was part of the side that won the 2014 Campeonato Catarinense and last season featured 22 times in the Brasileirão, scoring five goals and providing three assists.
This term, he has also been a regular, making nine appearances and scoring one goal, with Figueirense sitting 16th in the standings.
If Sampdoria choose to firm up their interest and bring teenager Clayton to Italy, he will be competing fellow Brazilian born forward Éder for a starting berth, whilst also joining Seleção international Fernando.