Brazilian considering move to Premier League.
WEST HAM have been linked with a move for Brazil international striker Adriano.
The Sun claims the Hammers are interested in signing the former Inter Milan hitman, who is available on a free transfer from Brazilian side Flamengo.
His 17 goals last season helped the team claim the Brazilian title.
West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola hinted that he would be dipping into the transfer market when the window swings open in January, and he is likely to be on the prowl for a striker, after it emerged that Carlton Cole had been ruled out until the New Year with knee ligament damage. Youngster Zavon Hines is also set for a spell on the sidelines after injuring his knee against Manchester United at the weekend.
With a shortage of cash to work with in the market, 27-year-old Adriano could prove an attractive prospect, as he has a proven pedigree and is available for nothing.
Adriano claimed he knows of several clubs’ interest: “I know that teams want me in Italy and England.
“I will take my time over a decision so I don’t make any mistakes.
“It’s not just about the money, there are other things.” (Guardian Series)
Clearly Gianfranco Zola is having to deal with a very tight budget and has very few effective attacking options and when Carlton Cole is not on duty West Ham more often than not fail to perform so a move for a new striker makes a lot of sense but even though Adriano would be available on a free transfer one can only wonder just how astronomical the former Inter Milan man’s wage demands would be.
There is no doubt that Adriano is getting back to his best and if a deal could be done that wouldn’t see the Upton Park side having to fork out £80k+ a week then I would think most Hammers fans would welcome such a move. However as so often happens with such transfer speculation, it is more than likely the Brazilian may look to use a club’s attentions to attempt to seek out a move to a so called bigger club but seeing as the east London side managed to surprise many with their double capture of Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez in the not to distant past, perhaps such a move could well come to fruition and if it did it would go someway to helping the club pull away from the drop zone.