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Inter pull plug on Carew transfer

February 27, 2013
By ESPN staff

Inter Milan will not be signing former Aston Villa and West Ham striker John Carew after he failed a medical.

Carew grabbed a late equaliser for West Ham against Crystal Palace.
GettyImagesInter thanked Carew for his dedication and professionalism

Carew, 33, had been set to join the Serie A club on a 15-day trial with a view to a move until the end of the season. He has been a free agent since leaving West Ham at the end of last season.

Inter had been interested in bringing him to the San Siro as cover for the injured Diego Milito, but a statement on the club’s official website said: "Inter would like to thank Norwegian striker John Carew for the great dedication and professionalism he demonstrated.

"His current athletic condition, however, would require a medium to long period of specific individual work, which is not compatible with the needs of the club."

Earlier, Carew had told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I did not expect this call - it was definitely one of life’s surprises. I have travelled recently, I have made a movie [as an actor], but now I am ready to give my all for Inter.”

It had been reported that Carew would sign a four-month contract worth around €300,000, but Inter president Massimo Moratti confirmed the signing would be on a trial basis as there are others in the squad capable of filling in for Milito.

Coach Andrea Stramaccioni told reporters: “I think that with Milito’s injury the club wanted to look around to see if there is a certain type of player who might fit out purposes. Obviously we’re talking about free agents within a certain date, so the options are limited.

“Our directors have identified that type of player in Carew and now he is going to have a trial with us, then we’ll decide whether to sign him or not. It is a fairly normal procedure in other countries.”

Carew’s agent, Per Arne Flod, told said: “John is physically fine. He has no injuries. Clearly, having been out for eight months, he might lack match fitness.”

The striker, who scored 24 goals in 91 appearances for Norway, had prior experience of Italian football, having been on loan at Roma in 2003-04.