Tim Vickery outlines why QPR signing Alexandre Pato makes no sense

Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato has been linked with a transfer to Premier League side Queens Park Rangers.

Rangers are scouring the market for attacking talent following the loan signing of Mauro Zarate from West Ham United, and a fellow South American could be their next target.

According to reports, manager Harry Redknapp has supposedly shown an interest in Sao Paulo’s on loan Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato, who is said to be looking for a way back into European football. A 27-capped Brazilian international, Pato has failed to live up to his early promise, but the 25-year-old still has time left on his side and a move to QPR could be too good to turn down.

After breaking onto the scene with Internacional in his native Brazil, he moved to Italy’s Milan in 2007, and ended up making over 100 appearances. A respectable return of 51 goals in 117 league games preceded a return to his homeland with Corinthians, who then loaned him to Sao Paulo until December 2015. However, should an offer come in during the loan, negotaitions will be held to send him back to Europe permanently.

A promising talent, but one who has been let down by his work rate, Brazilian football expert Tim Vickery believes that Pato is hardly the player that QPR need to sign ahead of a relegation battle.

Speaking to talkSPORT, when asked whether he was the type of character who would roll up his sleeves and fight to the end to secure survival, Vickery replied: “Emphatically, No.

“I don’t think he’s really got that strength of character.

“When he went back originally with Brazil to Corinthians, the ethic with them is exactly that. A roll up your sleeves, sweat your shirt type ethic - and he just didn’t fit at all.

“He wouldn’t be my choice for a relegation dogfight.”

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