We’re not too sure what to make of the news today that Newcastle United may be interested in former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu.
Adrian Mutu – an option for Newcastle?
The player is currently at Fiorentina and the news suggests that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is keen on the former Chelsea striker, but we’re not exactly convinced of that.
Mutu was fired by Chelsea back in 2004, after testing positive for cocaine use, and he then joined Juventus and the just turned 32 year-old, then moved to Fiorentina in 2006.
The 67 times capped Romanian (52 International goals!) has been a good player, but is now past his best, and we thought Newcastle were finished with bringing these older players to Newcastle, when they are past their best.
The news is that Mutu is now frustrated at Fiorentina, having played only 5 games for the Italian club this season, and would like a move somewhere else.
His agent is now trying to find a new club for his client, and he will no doubt have already contacted Newcastle.
But with big Andy Carroll likely to be out longer than Newcastle had envisaged – because they still haven’t got down to exactly what’s wrong with his thigh – maybe Mutu could be a good short term option for the Magpies for the rest of the season.
Pardew told the club’s official website yesterday:
“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.”
It turns out the Romanian is still in a legal battle with the Stamford Bridge club, after losing his latest appeal in a dispute over £14M in damages that he had to pay the London club.
In his career so far, the 5’11” tall Mutu has appeared in 385 first class games, with 159 goals and he has played for a whole host of clubs – Arges Pitesti (Romania), Dinamo Bucuresti (Romania), Inter Milan, Verona, Parma, Chelsea, Juventus and Fiorentina.
We would be very surprised if Adrian Mutu arrives on Tyneside in January.
But let us know what you think.
Comments always welcome.