AC Milan’s official television station has confirmed the Italian giants are in negotiations with QPR and Fulham to swap Cristian Zaccardo with Adel Taarabt.
The news was announced on Milan Channel this afternoon, though a deal is not yet complete.
Taarabt had been linked with a move to the Rossoneri last year, but was not taken any further for the Moroccan international.
According to Sport Mediaset, Zaccardo would join Fulham in a straight exchange of loans for Taarabt, even though he is already on loan from QPR.
Taarabt is a 24-year-old who can play in any of the supporting roles required for Coach Clarence Seedorf’s 4-2-3-1 system.
Zaccardo is a 32-year-old centre-back who has made eight appearances in all competition for Milan this season, but has been a bit-part player since arriving from Parma in January 2013.
AC Milan have confirmed that midfielder Adel Taarabt has arrived in Italy to complete his loan deal to the San Siro.
The Morocco international was on loan to Fulham but is now due to sign for Clarence Seedorf’s side.
Taarabt has not scored in 12 Premier League outings this season, but will be hoping to change that barren run during his stay in Serie A.
Taarabt told Milan Channel: “I’m honoured to be able to play for the best club in the world.
“I spoke with Seedorf and we’re both happy to work together. I’m an attacker and I like to play behind the strikers.”
Speaking about the prospect of playing with Mario Balotelli and Kaka, the 24-year-old said: “I don’t know Balotelli personally but I know who he is and it’s pleasing to be able to play with him and with Kaka.”
Fulham head coach Rene Meulensteen believes he can help Adel Taarabt finally fulfill his potential.
Meulensteen feels Taarabt has the ability to become one of the leading lights in the Premier League having observed him at close quarters since joining the Cottagers as assistant to Martin Jol in November. While the Moroccan midfielder’s talent has never been in question, both his attitude and his work-rate have frustrated managers to distraction and Harry Redknapp’s decision to allow the mercurial playmaker to leave relegated QPR on loan this summer was hardly a surprise.
The 24 year-old’s loan spell at Craven Cottage has been frustrating as he struggled for form and fitness. Looking overweight for much of his early spell with Fulham, Taarabt has made just four league starts and scored a single goal – against Burton Albion in the League Cup – but delivered his most impressive performance as a lone striker in Fulham’s 4-2 defeat by Manchester City on Saturday. Meulensteen was impressed by Taarabt’s direct running and, given his reputation for enhancing the skills of the likes of Robin van Persie and others during his time on the Manchester United coaching staff, he could yet revive the midfielder’s flagging career.
The one thing we know is that Adel can change games and I thought from the environment I have come from I can help him to become a more complete player. He has been sucked in over the years by getting the ball and wanting to show what he can do, and these are things I’ve been talking to him about.
He needs to find that unpredictability of using that skill at the right time to do something individually. I put him in a game situation the other day where he could only have two touches, and he never put a foot wrong. I stopped him running with the ball and wanted him to get his head up and pick a pass.
If he puts that together he has the qualities to be a top player. How many players are there with the same technical quality? He’s also strong and has got a change of pace. We have to make sure that he utilises his talents for the best purposes of the team. If I can make him tick week in, week out he will be a great player for us.
Fulham midfielder Adel Taarabt is looking to kickstart his Fulham career against Swansea City on Saturday.
The Queens Park Rangers forward has struggled for full fitness since moving to Craven Cottage on a season-long loan deal in the summer.
After figuring in Fulham’s first two matches of the season, including a 4-3 Capital One defeat to Leicester, Taarabt believes the international break, and a recent run-out for the reserves, have moved him a step closer to a first-team return.
Speaking on the club’s official website, he said: “It’s been a little bit frustrating because I came here with a big ambition to do well.
“I started off okay but then I picked up an injury that made it very difficult for me to get back in the team.
“Now I’m fighting hard to get back in the starting XI and this international break has been very good for me.
“We had a friendly game against Crystal Palace where I played 85 minutes. For fitness that was very good and now I hope to get picked to play against Swansea City on Saturday.
“I need to produce in training and show the manager I’m ready to go and fight for him. That’s what I try to do every day.
“I hope to be involved from the start on Saturday but if I don’t start then I hope to come on and make an impact for the team.”