PREMIER LEAGUE clubs have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Andrea Belotti with the striker reportedly set to join Roma on a free transfer.
The 28-year-old has no shortage of suitors after he decided to run his contract down at Torino after seven years of service.
SunSport exclusively revealed last month how the Italy international is being eyed up by West Ham, Newcastle and Everton.
Meanwhile Arsenal have previously been credited with an interest in the Euro 2020 winner as a possible replacement for Alexandre Lacazette last year.
But according to Calciomercato, the centre-forward seems set to remain in Serie A.
They state that Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign him for Roma, with the player sent a concrete contract offer.
A two-year deal with the option of a further year until 2025 is said to be on the cards for Belotti.
It has been said that Roma are prepared to offer him £2.3million-a-year, which will eventually rise to £2.9m-per-year.
A decision is expected to be made next week, but Roma are confident at being able to secure his services.
The Italian news outlet adds that the Giallorossi have identified the player as the perfect back-up for Tammy Abraham.
As well as Roma, LaLiga duo Valencia and Villarreal are keeping tabs on Belotti, but he prefers to stay in Italy.
However it is Roma that are in pole position, where they hope to announce his signing once they loan out Eldor Shomurodov to Bologna.
Roma have enjoyed an impressive window so far having already snapped up Paulo Dybala and Nemanja Matic on free transfers.
And they are poised to bring in Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan.