Date: 7th June 2007 at 1:43pm
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With Italian strikers Cristiano Lucarelli, who plays for Livorno and Rolando Bianchi, of Reggina – along with others – linked with possible moves to Pompey, Harry Redknapp has revealed to The News that his search for striking talent is unlikely to take him to Italy.

‘Not many Italians make it over here. There are no guarantees they will settle in this country.

‘I like Lucarelli. He’s always scoring goals in Italy. But you look at all the players who come over who it doesn’t work for.

‘Of course there were people like Zola and Vialli who were fantastic. It doesn’t work out that way all the time, though.’

Redknapp’s reasoning is that strikers that have spent their entire career in Italy often find it hard to adapt to the English game, Zola and Vialli being the most notable exceptions to the rule.

I am not so sure on this way of thinking, but Redknapp should know best – you would think.

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