John Carew will not be joining Inter Milan, after the Norwegian striker failed a medical at the Italian club.
The giant former Aston Villa, Stoke City and West Ham front man has been without a club since leaving Upton Park last summer.
And it looked as though the Nerazzurri were about to offer him a route back into the game as cover for the injured Diego Milito.
However, reports in Italy say he did not convince the club’s medical staff of his match fitness.
His agent, Per Arne Flod, insisted to Calciomercato.it that there was nothing wrong with Carew’s physique.
“John is physically fine, he has no injuries and the first tests showed no type of problem with his physical structure.
“Clearly, having been out for eight months, he might lack match fitness. He is ready to give his all. He is an experienced player and, if given the opportunity, will prove all his worth.”
Carew and his agent were hopeful of completing an unlikely move to the San Siro yesterday.
“Inter are an interesting club for him because they are one of the biggest teams in the world,” said Flod.
“Someone with John’s physique would be ready to play again within a week.”
Carew, who jetted in to Milan today for talks, is now expected to undergo a medical before Thursday.
Having located the player at his hotel in central Milan, the Gazzetta dello Sport have joined Sky Sport Italia in reporting that the 33-year-old has been training with the club and could sign a 300,000 euro deal subject to passing a medical.
Carew told Gazzetta reporters: “I’m ready. I feel good and I’ve worked with the team over the last two weeks.
“I’ve travelled around and been to the cinema a few times but now I’m ready to give my all for Inter. I wasn’t expecting the call life is full of surprises.”
The forward, who scored 24 goals in 91 appearances for Norway, has prior experience of Italian football having enjoyed a loan spell at Roma in the 2003-04 season.
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