Lazio’s top option to replace Vedat Muriqi in the January transfer window is Cagliari forward Joao Pedro.

As reported by Italian newspaper Il Messaggero (via LazioNews24) earlier today, sporting director Igli Tare is working hard to find the perfect backup striker for talismanic forward Ciro Immobile.

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The current option Muriqi has failed to impress coach Maurizio Sarri and so an alternative is required; as it stands, Lazio are looking to send the Kosovan out on loan, freeing up space for another striker in the squad, which could be Cagliari‘s Joao Pedro.

The 29-year-old Brazilian forward is currently negotiating a contract renewal with Cagliari but he appreciates Tare‘s interest and could be convinced by a move to Rome.

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Joao Pedro has made 12 Serie A appearances so far this season, for a total of 1078 minutes. In that time, he has scored seven goals and provided two assists, being one of the few bright spots in an otherwise lacklustre squad.