Brazilian striker could be on his way to St James’ Park after release from Roma.
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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will reportedly move quickly to sign Adriano after the Brazilian was released by AS Roma.
Pardew was preparing a bid to take the 29-year-old to St James’ Park in the summer.
But as Adriano is a free agent Pardew can sign the striker now as a replacement for Andy Carroll, who left for Liverpool in January.
Adriano has had a troubled career. A prolific scorer on the pitch but has been dogged by alcohol and drug allegations in his private life.
Roma released a statement today saying the club has terminated his contract.
Adriano gave his own statement, saying:”I wish to make it known that I reached an agreement today for an amicable early termination of the contract that was expected to last until June 30th 2013.”
There are still several obstacles for Pardew to clear before getting his man – most notably his wages and his desire to play in England.
But the Magpies boss will apparently try to secure the former Inter Milan striker on a contract until the end of the season and renegotiate once Premier League survival is secured.
Pardew currently has Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands, Shefki Kuqi, Nile Ranger and Shola Ameobi as his striking options.