Alan Pardew and Harry Redknapp both want to bring Adriano to St James’ Park and White Hart Lane respectively.
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Brazilian striker Adriano could be set for a shock move to Tottenham Hotspur or Newcastle United after being released by AS Roma.
With the Spurs strikers only managing a paltry seven goals between them in the Premier League this season, their need for firepower is clear, while Newcastle did not manage to replace Andy Carroll after he moved to Liverpool at the end of the January transfer window.
If either team were to sign the striker they would have to be wary of his professionalism and conduct, but with 27 goals from 48 caps for Brazil, he is a huge goal threat when on form.
Perhaps he may see a move to England as a fresh start and a way of getting his life back on track after battles with depression and alcohol.
Alan Pardew’s need for a new striker may be more pronounced than Harry Redknapp’s but clearly the North London club may well have Champions League football to offer the troubled striker who was once considered one of the hottest attackers in Europe.
The powerfully built 29 year old has seen his career nose dive after some much publicised issues with alcohol and other substances (allegedly) that saw his Inter Milan career come to an end before he attempted to reignite his career back in Brazil before his move back to Serie A with Roma, a move that has really not worked at all, with the Stadio Olimpico side set to terminate Adriano’s contract.
So whilst that would mean the former Brazilian international would cost nothing to sign he will cost a lot in wages (demanding around £4m a year) and perhaps one big headache to boot. Perhaps however, it is a risk worth taking.
The Magpies currently have Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger, Shola Ameobi and Shefki Kuqi to turn to following the selling of Andy Carroll to Liverpool and with the greatest respect in the world, none of that quintet will score 15 Premier League goals in a season, but perhaps a rejuvenated Adriano could? As I said, big risk.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has a good quartet of strikers in his armoury but this season they have all failed to inspire confidence, especially on Premier League duty. Peter Crouch has scored twice in the league, Jermain Defoe has scored none, Robbie Keane didn’t net before he went to West Ham on loan and got injured and Roman Pavlyuchenko has done quite well but is sick of playing second or third fiddle at White Hart Lane.
Adriano’s record, or at least parts of it, speak for themselves. We are talking about a player who has scored 27 times in 48 national team appearances and in his first two and a half seasons at the San Siro he netted an impressive 58 goals before his depression and other demons took hold.
Do Newcastle United and Tottenham fans think it’s worth taking a risk on the four time Serie A title winners?