Filed: Tuesday, 28th August 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel
West Ham are reported to have made an approach for Inter's Brazilian striker Adriano.
SkySports are reporting tonight that the Hammers have lodged a £17m bid for the striker, who recently rejected a move to Manchester City.
However an unnamed Hammers 'source' is said to have claimed the deal is a loan move with view to a permanent deal.
West Ham are desperate for new firepower ahead of the transfer deadline this Friday; Alan Curbishley's side have managed just one goal from open play in their first three games of the season.
Adriano joined Inter in 2001, but fell foul of his employers in 2006 after several off-field incidents. He also lost his place in the national squad after being dumped by Brazilian manger Dunga who told the 25-year-old to 'change his behaviour'.
However whilst his professionalism has been called into question his goal scoring record remains impeccable. Adriano has scored 43 times for Inter in 99 appearances, whilst a tally of 25 goals from 36 appearances for Brazil makes him one of the world's most prolific strikers.
West Ham United have confirmed that talks with Inter are currently taking place. A brief statement just released by the club said:
"Following speculation in the press West Ham can confirm we are holding talks with Inter Milan over striker Adriano.
"The figures that have been quoted in the media are inaccurate as the possible deal is in its early stages and money has not yet been discussed.
"The club are investigating the possibiity of a loan deal at this stage."
Scott Duxbury is thought to be representing the club in Italy. It is unclear at this stage who leaked details of United's approach.
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05:41PM 28th Aug 2007
''I can't keep up any more; at least this rumour has the possiblity of a grain of truth (my favourite of the summer has to be Liverpool loaning us Benayoun to say sorry for getting Mascherano on the cheap) ...''
by Charlie M
05:24PM 28th Aug 2007
''This could be great for West Ham but let's all just hope he doesn't have the same affect as Carlos Tevez last year ... the avoiding relegation bit, not the saving us bit. Come on Adriano ...''
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