Alan Pardew keen on bringing Adrian Mutu to St James’ Park.
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Adrian Mutu ‘linked with shock Premier League return at Newcastle’
Adrian Mutu could be set to make a shock return to the Premier League after signalling the end of his time at Fiorentina is up, with Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said to be keen on the former Chelsea striker.
Controversially sacked by Chelsea in 2004 after testing positive for cocaine, Mutu has been plying his trade in Italy with Juventus and recently Fiorentina, but has recently parted ways with his agent as he looks for a fresh start.
Newcastle boss Pardew is creating an environment at St James’ Park which fosters wayward players – a prime example being Joey Barton’s transformation – and is also searching for injury cover as Andy Carroll battles through a thigh strain.
As the Newcastle squad laps-up the sun at a mid-season training camp in Faro, Pardew told the club’s official website: ‘There will be some activity in the last few days of the window and I hope we will be part of that.
‘We are still just looking at making offers and making calls. As much as we want a player – and we actually want two with Wayne (Routledge) going – it has to be right.’
Mutu is reported to be one of the players currently being tracked by Newcastle in the final days of the January transfer window.
Whilst it is true that Adrian Mutu’s career has become rather more synomonous with his reported drug problems it is worth remembering that the Romanian was at one point considered one of the best strikers in Europe and could well still have a lot to offer, hence Newcastle United’s reported interest in the 32 year. Would such a move however be a bit of a risk?
Fiorentina are keen on offloading the former Chelsea man following a few run-ins with the striker and are now open to offers in the region of £6m as they do not want to follow Sampdoria’s example when they fell out with Antonio Cassano and allowed him to leave for nothing as they terminated his contract.
Anyone who believes the striker is past it should note that Mutu has netted 65 goals over the past four seasons and Alan Pardew is reportedly ready to give him the benefit of the doubt. One wonders just how much they would have to offer the player in wages in order to tempt him into leaving Italy, where he has spent ten out of the past eleven years.