MILAN, Italy -- Inter Milan forward Alvaro Recoba has signed for Torino on loan the Serie A clubs said on Friday ensuring Adriano will not leave Inter before the transfer window shuts.
Uruguayan Recoba, who has spent 10 years at the San Siro, including a loan spell at Venezia, has slipped down the pecking order at the Italian champions given their array of attacking talent.
Torino and Inter announced the loan deal on their Web sites (www.torinofc.it/www.inter.it)
Inter President Massimo Moratti said this week that he would only let one of either Recoba and Adriano leave and that the Brazilian could only go out on loan.
England's West Ham United held talks with Inter about Adriano while Manchester City, Lazio and Parma had also expressed an interest.
The 25-year-old has lost his place in the Inter and Brazil sides after two years of patchy form and weight problems.
"We had thought a loan deal would help him play more often but he didn't think that was a good solution so it is better that he stays at Inter," Inter coach Roberto Mancini told reporters.
"We have always tried to help him, but he must give us a hand because his recovery also depends on him. The club and the coach can do nothing if he doesn't help.
"Even if he isn't included in the UEFA (Champions League squad) list, he can do well in the championship."