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  21/07/2011: Updates on Foggia and Floccari…
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As the training camp in Auronzo di Cadore is soon to reach its end, a hectic period awaits the Lazio management. In order to get the squad size in line with what coach Edoardo Reja has wished, some of the players will have to leave sooner rather than later. The squad needs to be trimmed down to 27 before the start of the new season, and for this to happen a handful of players will be forced out in the coming days.

Lazioland had earlier reported the QPR interest in Pasquale Foggia as the player’s agent, Marco Sommella, had confirmed his client could be in line to replace Adel Taarabt if the Moroccan international was to leave for PSG. Today BBC reported some new turns on the issue, as Taarabt is reported to be very close to making a move to France, but there are yet details to be sorted. If the deal between QPR and PSG does not come to an end in the next coming days however, Taarabt is to continue his spell at Loftus Road the coming season. Neil Warnock, the English team’s manager, was quoted saying “I am hoping things [the deal with PSG] break down if I´m honest, but I think if they come up with the money then I am sure he will be on his bike.”

So far, things would seem as if Pasquale Foggia’s chances to feature in the English Premier League would have increased with the likelihood of Taarabt’s departure, but Warnock also warned the money cashed in on Taarabt would not necessarily be used for buying new players, as the manager continued: “I don’t think I’ll be getting any of the money, I think we have just got to look for Bosmans and look for shrewd acquisitions, loan players etc..” Taking these comments into consideration, one could conclude that a swoop for Pasquale Foggia, who still has some years left on his Lazio contract and would cost a considerable amount, is less likely to happen and that Foggia once again needs to look at a move within Italy, where Cesena has shown most interest in the player. The Italian club has been long admirers of the tricky midfielder and was earlier reported to be close to reaching a deal for the player as new coach Marco Giampaolo has specifically asked for his services.

Also Sergio Floccari has been rumoured to be on his way out, with Parma reported as the most interested buyer. Lately however, his previous club Genoa had been lined up as a potential destination, but it is Fiorentina that has emerged as the most likely destination for the attacker. Studio Sport reported earlier today that an agreement is very close between Lazio and Fiorentina since the sale of Alberto Gilardino seems imminent for the Firenze outfit. To replace the team’s top scorer, Sinisa Mihajlovic (Fiorentina manager) has asked for Sergio Floccari and potentially been given what he has asked for.  No details on the deal have been communicated yet, but it is believed Floccari will be signing a loan-deal where the viola outfit would have the option to make the deal permanent next summer.

(Khashayar Kashefi)

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