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'El Jardinero' could be on his way to the Eternal City...

Roma are closing in on Inter striker Julio Cruz, who could be their first acquisition for next season, according to Sky Sports.

The Argentine's contract expires at the end of the current campaign and he is unlikely to be offered a new deal by the Nerazzurri, as he has rarely featured under coach Jose Mourinho.

Just yesterday, the player's agent admitted plenty of clubs were after Cruz and it appears the Giallorossi are willing to offer him the best deal with a two-year contract worth €2.5 million a season.

The former Feyenoord star has fallen behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli, in the pecking order this season, but due to his impressive scoring rate over his career there are several sides interested in the veteran's services.

The 34-year-old hitman has only made 21 appearances for Inter in all competitions this season, a majority of them as a substitute, finding the back of the net three times in the process.

Adam Scime, Goal.com

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