Former Chelsea striker linked with Premier League return

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Newcastle United are said to be preparing a shock move to bring former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu to St James’ Park reports the Metro paper.

The former Chelsea front-man was controversially sacked in 2004 after testing positive for an illegal substance, and the 32-year-old is still embroiled in a legal battle with Stamford Bridge after losing his latest appeal in a dispute over £14million in damages.

Since leaving Chelsea, Mutu has primarily plied his trade in Italy – first at Juventus and now Fiorentina, but the Romanian now looks set to move on again, and would welcome a move back to England.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew doesn’t seem to be put off by the players chequered Chelsea history as he looks to add more depth to his St James’ Park squad. Speaking to the club’s official site he explained:


“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.”

Mutu is one of those players thought to be on the Newcastle radar, and Magpies fans will be hoping that he still has the undoubted ability he showed during his last Barclays Premier League stint at Chelsea where he shone brightly scoring 19 goals in 27 outings at the Stamford Bridge club.

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