Siena target strike pair
By Lorenzo Zacchetti
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
NEWLY-PROMOTED Siena are aiming to bolster their squad ahead of a campaign in Serie A with the acquisitions of strike duo Igli Tare and Julio Hernan Rossi.
Siena coach Giuseppe Papadopulo has confirmed his interest in Brescia forward Tare and Basel's Argentinian marksman Rossi.
Papadopulo is resigned to losing five members of his promotion-winning squad with the quintet returning to their clubs after loan stints with Siena.
Among the quintet are strikers Simone Tiribocchi and Luciano Pinga, with Papadopulo contemplating replacing that duo with Tare and Rossi.
"They would be very useful for us because they could be complementary to one another," Papadopulo told planetfootball.com.
"Tare plays mostly in the box while Rossi moves all across the attacking front and also has very good striking skills."
Towering Albanian striker Tare has his sights set on a summer move to England, with Middlesbrough and Southampton monitoring his situation, meaning Siena could face stiff competition for his services.
Rossi scored five goals for Basel in the Champions League last season and would be a valuable addition to the Siena ranks.
The Siena chief also admits he is disappointed to be losing the services of Torino quartet Tiribocchi, Pinga, Daniele Martinelli and Davide Mandelli but is unperturbed by the departure of Milan youngster Mohammed Aliyu Dati.
He added: "All of them will definitely go back. I am quite sad about the departure of the Torino quartet but I understand the Granata club consider them key elements to get back into Serie A.
"Milan's loan youngster Mohammed Aliyu Dati will go back to the Rossoneri, too. He did not have a good season here with us because of his injuries.
"I think it would be better for him to find a Serie B club where he can gain the first-team experience he lacks."
Looking ahead to a campaign in the Italian top-flight, Papadopulo concedes the solitary target is survival but is immensely proud of his achievements in steering Siena into Serie A.
"We are a very small club so next season we will only aim at safety from relegation," he continued.
"The better we will be, the sooner it will come.
"I am not excited for facing top-level coaches because I have already met most of them in my career.
"The thing that does make me proud is I have climbed up from the lower leagues to Serie A. I constantly felt I was passing through tests and now I can say I have overcome them all."