Spurs set sights on Adriano

14 January 2009 08:13
Tottenham Hotspur are believed to be on the trail of Internazionale striker Adriano. Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is reported to have travelled to Italy on Tuesday evening to watch the Brazil international in action during Inter's 3-1 Coppa Italia victory over Genoa. Adriano scored one goal and missed a penalty in the tie which went to extra-time as he continued his rehabilitation in the Inter squad following a series of fall-outs with coach Jose Mourinho. Mourinho claims the controversial striker still has a future at the San Siro despite several disciplinary problems, but Spurs are reported to be keen to sign the 26-year-old on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent £15million transfer. Meanwhile, Spurs have urged their supporters to observe the club's code of behaviour during Sunday's Premier League visit of Portsmouth. On Tuesday, 11 people were charged with indecent chanting at a football match following arrests over alleged racist and homophobic abuse aimed at Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell. Hampshire police launched an investigation following complaints after Campbell was targeted during a match against former club Spurs at Fratton Park on September 28, 2008. "The unacceptable chanting which marred our visit to Fratton Park in September resulted in several arrests and it is in the interest of everyone associated with the club that we do not have a repeat of that regrettable incident," read a statement. "There will be an increase in police presence both outside and inside the stadium, increased stewarding and a doubling of headcams. "We have previously banned individuals due to unacceptable behaviour - please do not put us in the position where we are forced to take such action."

Source: ESA