Roma hitman extends stay

AS Roma
Everton's search for a striker could lead them to make a move for Bosnian ace Edin Dzeko in the summer.

Roma striker Edin Dzeko has committed his future to the Serie A side by putting pen to paper on a new three-year deal.

The 33-year-old joined the Giallorossi in the summer of 2015 on loan from Manchester City in a deal that was set to become permanent if he hit a number of performance-related goals.

Dzeko hit those targets by October of 2015 and his permanent exit from the Etihad for a fee of €11million was finalised.

He boasts an impressive scoring record in Italy, hitting 62 goals in 137 Serie A outings, although he only managed to bag nine times last term.

Despite appearing to slow down, Roma still clearly feel the Bosnia and Herzegovina international has a lot to offer and have rewarded him with a new contract.

Dzeko said: “Over the last few weeks I have realised just how much the club wanted me to stay,

“My conversations with the board, the work we’ve been doing with the coach, the relationship with my team-mates and the love of the fans has all made me realise once again what I had already learned during these four years – that Rome is my home.

“Here there is everything we need to win something and I am delighted to be able to stay here even longer.”

Reports suggested he could be on the move earlier in the summer, having been linked with West Ham, Inter Milan and Napoli, but Roma will be able to rely on his services for the foreseeable future,