Lazio confirm talks for £6.5m Tottenham striker flop, call Anelka a 'red herring'

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Lazio’s search for reinforcements in attack has led them to Valencia’s Helder Postiga.

The Portugal international spent a single season in England now a decade ago, brought in by Tottenham for £6.5m after impressing at Porto under Jose Mourinho.

One Premier League goal and a disappointing handful of appearances later, the striker was on his way back to his homeland to rejoin the side he had left just 12 months earlier.

Since, he’s shown for five other clubs ranging from France to Greece, all the while maintaining his place in the national team even if never fully rediscovering the form that once made him an exciting prospect.

And now, it appears a new adventure may be just over the horizon for the 31-year-old.

Lazio have stepped into the frame, keen to snap up the veteran forward on loan for the remainder of the season to supplement Miroslav Klose’s talents.

Il Messagero revealed early Tuesday morning that contact had been made between the Italian capital club and Valencia – who signed Postiga as a replacement for the departed Roberto Soldado.

Aquile coach Edy Reja has now confirmed negotiations – referring to the failed pursuit of Nicolas Anelka as a false dawn in the process.

“It’s a week now that we’ve followed Postiga,” he said. “Anelka was a red herring.

“It’s our intention to take on a player of international prominence.

“I want somebody who can offer me guarantees and play alongside Klose, and a technically gifted player is close.

“I’d be satisfied , then let’s see if we can take an important step.”

Anelka was thought to be close to Lazio before publicly announcing his intent to stay at West Brom, whilst Reja’s side were also thought to be interested in Fabio Quagliarella but found him too expensive.

Postiga’s move to the Stadio Olimpico - reportedly a six-month loan with the option to buy for between €2m and €3m - is believed to hinge on the sale of Sergio Floccari to Sassuolo.

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