Adriano linked with move to West Ham
English tabloid, The Sun, has reported that West Ham could be interested in picking up Brazil front man, Adriano.
Hammers coach Gianfranco Zola is said to be a fan of the big striker and believes that Adriano’s physical force and talent could help the club stave off relegation.
Adriano has just won the Campeonato Brasileiro with Flamengo and finished joint top scorer in the competition with 19 alongside Atlético Mineiro’s Diego Tardelli. Today, Adriano confirmed that he had been sounded out by European sides but did not confirm the clubs: “I know that teams in Italy and England are interested. I’ll make my decision at the right time and won’t make a mistake. It’s not just a question of money. There are other things”.
Earlier this year, Adriano left Italian side Inter Milan saying that he was ready to quit the game. But within a month he’d signed for Flamengo – the club where his career began. After a rocky start when he missed training a number of times and was allegedly spotted on the streets of Rio in the early hours, the player settled down to help lead Flamengo to their first league title in 17 years.
While his aerial ability and lethal finish with his left foot are unquestionable, Adriano’s near inability to use his right peg, and his lack of pace could leave him wanting in the Premier League. Question marks also remain over the player’s overall mental state and his professionalism – he recently missed a vital game for Flamengo after picking up a mystery burn on his foot – Adriano said it was from a garden lamp; other sources claimed he did it on a motorbike or after a few drinks at a BBQ.
The 27-year-old has said that he’s comfortable playing in Brazil where he feels under less pressure. He’s also happy to be at a club such as Flamengo who tend to turn a blind eye to most of his shenanigans.