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ADRIAN MUTU will not be coming to Loftus Road – in spite of talks between Flavio Briatore (pictured) and his contacts at Fiorentina, where the Romania striker is currently plying his trade.
Neil Warnock fears the former Chelsea player would be too lightweight for the promotion battle, in spite of his undoubted abilities.
“Neil doesn't believe Adrian is for him,” said a source at the club. “I think it's a case of thinking that Mutu would be unsuited to the Championship because of the physical demands.
“His feeling is you can maybe get away with being that type of player in the Premier League, but not in the Championship and you also become a target.
“Besides, he also feels he already has the flair player he needs in Adel Taarabt.”
Mutu, who will be 32 in January, was one of the first wave of Roman Abramovich signings in 2003, but was sacked a year later and fined for breach of contract after failing a drugs test.
He was also the subject of a lengthy compensation claim by the Blues, which is still on-going.