Is Pardew Really After Adriano – We Doubt It

It’s hard to believe that Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will try to sign new free agent Adriano, after the former Brazilian International striker was released by AS Roma.

Brazil and former AS Roma striker Adriano – now a free agent

The news that Pardew was looking to sign Adriano in the summer seems far fetched,  and he just doesn’t fit the profile of players Newcastle want to sign – young players who can still improve, not older players who are way past their best and on the decline.

Those are the types of players – like Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert as one example back in 2004 – that Newcastle used to sign and hand them top wages – and then discover they were nothing like as good as when they were in their prime – surprise, surprise.

And one question we should be asking is why did AS Roma cancel the Brazilian’s contract?   It’s hardly because he has looked good in training and he’s appeared only 7 times for the Italian club this season.

There was news on Adriano within the last week that Roma would indeed ditch the player, who has had had lots of problems with both drink and drugs lately, and the Italian club did release a statement yesterday saying they had indeed terminated the 29 year-old’s contract.

Adriano also made this statement:

”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.”

Since Adriano is a free agent, he could be signed by any club right now, and some reports suggest Alan Pardew is already in for the player, but we find that so hard to believe.

But maybe Alan can be asked today what the deal is on Adriano, because yesterday he said the rumors that he was bringing in an older player in Roma’s 30 year-old John Arne Riise, who played at Liverpool for eight seasons, were just not true.

We hope to hear something from Alan on this deal in the next day or two – and if he says nothing, perhaps Newcastle are after the player – but that would come as a huge surprise.

The only thing that would make any sense is if Newcastle signed him on a short term deal on a trial basis through the end of the season, and then see how he does, and if he does well, then Newcastle can always offer him a longer term contract in the summer.

Adriano has played for Flamengo, Inter Milan, Fiorentina (loan), Parma, Sao Paulo (loan) and Roma and in 354 first class club games, he has scored 165 goals.

The Rio de Janeiro born striker, who stands 6’3? tall, has played 48 times for Brazil with 27 goals and at one time was an excellent player.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • daneevz

    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    forget this joke!!

  • daneevz

    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #2

    the pubs and clubs of the newc centre shouldnt be a problem for this alchy/druggy should it? yeh right he be in rehab b4 u knw it

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #3

    We may as well as any time now Best will get injured and then Kuqi will start with Shola and that will just be awful! Bring him in until the end of the season.

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    this was on sky last night and I copied their report on my post last night.
    Didn’t we look at him in january and decided he was too risky?
    In any case isn’t our FA registered squad now full so we have no room for a new signing?

  • toonturtle

    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #5

    I really hope we are not interested in Adriano, he seems to be well past his best. However, I don’t think that at 29 a player is too old, would it not be worth buying a couple of quality players at this age? Presumably the only reason we are after younger players is to sell them on at a later date to make a profit??

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 9, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    So the real question is not do we want another player but are we allowed to get another player!

  • bib60

    Mar 9, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t believe he could be signed as he was not a free agent during the window, or players and clubs would cancel contracts left right and centre and the window would be a nonsence.

  • Markaccus

    Mar 9, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #8

    He can sign, but he can’t play, he was not free in january during the window. This has been said many times by many people who post on the blog, and for some reason ed keeps missing it. He is not eligible to play until summer!

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Mar 9, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Markaccus@ post 8- is he not just ineligible to play in Italy until summer, was Kuqi a free agent in January?

  • Solaidback

    Mar 9, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #10

    Apparently, we’re not able to sign him up now due to his contract only just being terminated, so there’s no chance of him coming to the Toon until the summer if at all….

    He would have had to get released before the Jan window for him to sign for us now, as players are unable to sign for a club in the same period that they are released, same as with Campbell…

    Plus I doubt Ashley would allow Pardew to sign a 29yr old on massive wages when he’s trying to cut the wages of Barton who’s only 28!!!

  • dave 1961

    Mar 9, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #11

    a free agent can be signed & played as it was the only way fifa could comply with the free European market & employment law, but you do have to accommodate them within the squad make up.

  • Brutooon

    Mar 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #12

    sign him on a 6 mth contract or loan deal

  • andoni

    Mar 9, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #13

    I would sign Shearer rather than him

  • Markaccus

    Mar 9, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Magpies till death.. Unfortunately no, he can’t play. Its to stop teams peaying other teams to terminate contracts and sign the players, thus getting round the transfer window.

  • Markaccus

    Mar 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #15

    And yes kuqi was free in january, his club released him before the window closed, therefore he is still available. Dave is also right about us still having room in our squad to accomodate players who are signed on free

  • davis_toons

    Mar 9, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #16

    I think we can trail him. And if ok, then a yearly contract renewer to be issue. It should make this player works harder if not dump him. Rather then having Kuqi in the line up.

  • Vinicinhos

    Mar 9, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Great player, but poor mind.

    Bring him until the end of the season.If he plays well, sign.If not, release him.

    But it’s hard to see him here, ’cause he loves Flamengo, beach, his friends, parties and there, he can miss some trainings.

  • chuck

    Mar 9, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Yep it`s a done deal !
    Adriano just signed, he gets free access to Gregs until the season ends, plus all the Newkie Broon he can drink, doon the market.

  • NorseMag

    Mar 9, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Ed, do you really expect Pardew to comment on every transfer rumour? Like if he doesn’t deny it it must be true?

  • yuwing

    Mar 9, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Well just sign him, better than Kuqi,
    moreover we do need experienced striker and he fit in the bill, FREE! he might be 29 but look at shearer, berbatov, Totti, they all above 30 and can score.
    so give a shot, give a chance, give a hope


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