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  14/07/2011: Pasquale Foggia to choose an English adventure?
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Lazio midfielder Pasquale Foggia is set to leave Lazio during this summer, despite wanting to stay and fight for a place in the team. The tricky Naples son has been having a hard time finding himself included in the starting eleven of Lazio ever since joining from Milan in 2006, and has been loaned out to Cagliari and Reggina since joining the capital outfit. During his loan spells the player has had huge success, but things have not developed as well when representing Lazio. Last season he barely got any playing time, and in order to regain some of the form that made him feature for the Italian national team, many expect the player to move to another team this summer.

Lately, Foggia has mainly been linked to a move to Cesena, where his former coach and admirer Marco Giampaolo has shown great interest in attracting the attacking winger, but the latest rumour brings Pasquale Foggia to London and Queens Park Rangers F.C. The player’s agent, Marco Sommella was quoted saying “We are talking about an important player that deserves to play in an important league. There is the option of Cesena, but there is also the opportunity for him to join QPR. QPR are looking for a player to replace Adel Taarabt if he was to be sold to Paris St Germain. Hence, I don't exclude the possibility that Foggia plays abroad.”

The London based club is seemingly looking for a player that is good on the ball and one that can add options to coach Neil Warnock’s possible tactics in the games. Having reached the age of 28, Pasquale Foggia is approaching the time in his career where he needs to get some playing time in order to develop further, or he will be remembered as a player that never made use of his possibilities. The raw talent has always believed to have been there, but in the Lazio shirt Foggia has failed to live up to the high expectations.

Since his permanent return to Lazio in 2008 Foggia has played 58 games, scoring three goals only. Considering his relatively high wages a desire for Claudio Lotito, who has added a handful of players to his team this summer, to start selling players is natural and wanted. No specific transfer figures have been presented yet, but it is believed the player himself has been ready to lower his wages in order to play for a new club.

Queens Park Rangers F.C. having an Italian chairman in Gianni Paladini, who himself was a promising talent from the Naples area, might make things easier for a deal to materialise. As quoted above, Sommella stated a transfer abroad might be an option for Pasquale, and also added: "We have to wait and see what the market has to offer. Everything in italy seems to be at a standstill at the moment".

(Khashayar Kashefi)

 
 
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