Having been courting former Arsenal man Eduardo da Silva over recent weeks, Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City now look set to miss out on the striker, with reports that a deal with Brazilian club Flamengo is imminent.
Eduardo was recently released by Ukraine’s Shakhar Donetsk, having originally joined from Arsenal for a reported £6 million in July 2010, and now looks set for a move back to the country of his birth.
The 31-year played three seasons with the Gunners after signing from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb in the summer of 2007, but his spell in London was severely curtailed after a horrific leg break in early 2008 saw him miss the majority of the 2008-09 season.
Having opted to represent his adopted nation Croatia at the international level, Eduardo was a part of the side’s World Cup squad in Brazil but, despite his impressive record of 29 goals in 64 appearances, saw just 20 minutes of action in the 4-0 win over Cameroon.
Available on a free this summer, a host of other clubs had been linked to his signature, including West Ham United, Fenerbahce and Lazio, but Harry Redknapp and Mark Hughes appeared most interested in bringing the injury-hit frontman back to the Premier League until this latest news.