With the January transfer window looming, several Premier League clubs have been offered the services of AC Milan striker Giampaolo Pazzini. According to The Mirror, The clubs reportedly involve the likes of Aston Villa, Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland with Burnley also registering their interest; all of whom are among the lowest scoring teams in the Premier League and clearly lacking firepower in the final third.
The 30-year-old could be available for loan in January as he seeks a new club, with his first-team opportunities limited for The Rossineri. Club legend turned head coach Filippo Inzaghi boasts a wealth of attacking options and has opted for the likes of Chelsea loanee Fernando Torres and Jeremy Menez for starting berths, with Keisuke Honda and Stephan El Sharaawy next in the pecking order ahead of the Pescia-born striker.
Having spent the duration of his career in the Serie A, Pazzini is a product of the youth system at Atalanta B.C. where he would eventually make his senior debut at the age of 19 in 2003. After two years with La Dea and scoring league 12 goals in 51 appearances, he completed a €6 million move to Fiorentina, spending four years and scoring 25 league goals in 109 appearances, with limited playing time behind the likes of compatriot Luca Toni.
Making the move to Sampdoria in 2009, he enjoyed his most prolific season where he finished the 3rd top scorer in the 2009-2010 Serie A season with 19 goals, attracting the interest of Italian champions Internazionale. Eventually joining the Nerazzurri in 2011 in a deal that involved winger Jonathan Biabiany heading the other direction, his contribution was again limited to appearances off the bench, playing second fiddle to the likes of the in-form Diego Milito up front.
Trading the black and blue for the black and red side of Milan, Pazzini would later join fierce rivals AC Milan as part of a €7.5 million move that also saw attacking midfielder Antonio Cassano head the other way.
In just his second match for the club, he scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory over Bologna. Averaging a goal every two games, he finished with 15 league goals in 30 appearances in his first season for The Rossineri, finishing 3rd on the Serie A table.
With a wealth of experience playing in one of Europe’s most competitive leagues, his exploits could be of great benefit to teams propping up the Premier League table due to a lack of goals. After a career spanning 12 years in the Serie A, the change of pace and overall style of the Premier League could be a shock to the forward. If he does make the move to England, it may take for the 30-year-old to adapt and find his feet as the man leading the line for an English club.
Which Premier League team would get the most out of Giampaolo Pazzini?