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Juve set to sign Anelka - report

January 26, 2013
By ESPN staff

Shanghai Shenhua striker Nicolas Anelka has agreed to join Italian giants Juventus for the remainder of the season, according to reports.

Nicolas Anelka Shanghai Shenhua
PA PhotosNicolas Anelka could join Juventus on a six-month deal

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Anelka, 33, is being viewed as a temporarily solution for Juve until summer signing Fernando Llorente arrives from Athletic Bilbao and the club is willing to offer the Frenchman a six-month deal with an option to extend the deal, Goal.com has reported.

The Old Lady were in the frame to sign Anelka's team-mate Didier Drogba, but after contract negotiations stalled, the Serie A leaders switched their focus to the former France international.

It is believed Anelka will receive €600,000 for the rest of the season, with additional bonuses and the contract extension on offer depending on his performances for the Bianconeri.

The striker attracted interest from a number of Premier League and European clubs, with QPR boss Harry Redknapp interested in a loan move, while West Ham and PSG retracted their initial requests for his signature.