Sassuolo are about to enter the race to sign Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou, according to reports in the Italian press.

The Serie A are in the market for a new striker after Simone Zaza returned to Juventus following his loan spell and have identified the Greek international as a possible replacement. Mitroglou is keen to leave England permanently after making just three appearances since joining Fulham in a £12m deal last January.

The 27 year-old has long been linked with a move to Besiktas having spent last season on loan at Olympiakos, where he scored sixteen goals in 24 league appearances, as the Greek giants won the domestic double, but a boardroom dispute at the Turkish club over whether to match Fulham’s valuation could scupper that transfer. Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport claims that Mitroglou would rather move to Italy or Spain and several Serie A clubs have already been linked with his signature.

Sassuolo, who comfortably starved off relegation from the top flight last season, could join Napoli and Udinese in the face to conclude a permanent deal for Fulham’s wantaway forward.