Report: Palermo to target Sampdoria forward ÉderMilan's Riccardo Montolivo [L] fights for the ball with Sampdoria's Éder during their Serie A match at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris on January 13, 2013
Palermo are interested in signing Sampdoria forward Éder, according to reports.
Respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that officials from the newly-promoted outfit are hopeful of opening negotiations with their Serie A counterparts, though striking a deal could prove to be problematic.
Sampdoria would be loathed to lose Éder, who had his best ever top flight campaign last season. The 27 year-old was the Blucerchiati’s top scorer with 12 goals in 33 appearances, while he also provided six assists.
Palermo will hope that Sampdoria’s apparent desire to sign a big-name forward - Alexandre Pato, Pablo Osvaldo and Samuel Eto’o have all been linked - could tempt them into selling the well travelled Brazilian.
Éder has been in Italy since January 2006, when Empoli signed him on a free transfer from Criciúma. After two spells with the Azzurri and various stints across Italy’s top two divisions at Frosinone, Brescia and Cesena, he joined Sampdoria - then in Serie B - on loan from the latter in January 2012. His return of four goals in 15 appearances was enough to earn a permanent move and he was subsequently signed outright for €3 million.