Jerry Mbakogu of relegated Serie A side Carpi has turned down an approach from newly promoted Serie A side Pescara admist reports he is set to join another Serie A side Cagliari. picked up leaks from the Italian media that the 23 year old was approached by Pescara to join them following the departure of Gianluca Lapadula to AC Milan but the forward rejected the approach as he wants to go for a team with top flight experience.

Despite rumours of interest in his services from teams in Germany, Russia and Turkey he was reportedly cited on the Sardinian shortly after Corriere dello Sport reported he is a prime target for Cagliari.

Mbakogu endured a dismal season in the top flight of Italian football last season failing to match his exploits in the Serie B where he scored 15 goals as he managed to score just two goals from 24 games, a poor tally made worse by his missing two penalties in a single game.

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Still highly rated in Italy he is expected to be farmed out on loan by Carpi with an eye on trading him off in the future despite turning down bids for his services 12 months ago.

*Daniel Martins