IS IT OVIEDO FOR COLLY?
By Jonny Owen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
REAL OVIEDO are on the verge of completing their second Anglo-Hispanic deal of the week, with reports in Spain stating that the club is on the verge of sealing the signature of Bradford striker Stan Collymore.
Earlier on Tuesday it was reported that it was Atletico Madrid were the club interested in buying Collymore.
The rojiblancos are looking for a reserve striker to back-up their star, Salva Ballesta and after Collymore's agent was spotted in Madrid on Tuesday which led to the speculation.
However, Planetfootball.com can confirm that he was in fact there to thrash out a deal with Real Oviedo's director of football Felix Ortega, in order to lure Collymore to the Asturias club.
With the departure of Peter Moller to Fulham earlier this week, and striker Roberto 'Chino' Losada out for some time with a broken leg, Oviedo know that they must strengthen their forward line if they are to steer clear of relegation.
Oviedo coach is the ex-Luton player Radomir Antic, and the Yugoslavian is believed to be a big fan of the Birmingham-born striker.
Therefore Antic will use Collymore to form an attacking partnership with Oviedo's most expensive player Oli.
The former Liverpool striker moved to Bradford last year from Leicester but failed to settle in Yorkshire and Bantams chairman Geoffrey Richmond has confirmed that he will allow the troubled player to move on a free.
However, Richmond would not say anymore on the matter.
Furthermore, Oviedo agreed a deal with the Spanish bank Cajastur on Tuesday, which will generate more funds and could help to pay Collymore's high wages.
The Spanish club will be hoping that Collymore can at last fulfil the potential he once showed.
The player will be given a contract until the summer, which could be extend, depending on how well the next six months go.
An announcement is expected at around 2 pm on Wednesday.