Football: The joke's on Milan CEO after prank radio call

AC Milan's coach Filippo Inzaghi shouts during their Italian Serie A soccer match against Atalanta at San Siro stadium in Milan on Jan 18, 2015. AC Milan chief executive officer Adriano Galliani revealed the club will not sack embattled coach In
AC Milan's coach Filippo Inzaghi shouts during their Italian Serie A soccer match against Atalanta at San Siro stadium in Milan on Jan 18, 2015. AC Milan chief executive officer Adriano Galliani revealed the club will not sack embattled coach Inzaghi and listed out several transfer targets during a prank telephone call on Italian radio. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MILAN (AFP) - AC Milan chief executive officer Adriano Galliani has been left red-faced after being tricked into revealing the club will not sack embattled coach Filippo Inzaghi during a prank telephone call on Italian radio.

Galliani also unwittingly revealed potential transfer targets to the audience of radio station RDS.

Milan have slipped to 11th in the league, 23 points behind leaders Juventus and were ousted from the Italian Cup on Tuesday by 10-man Lazio.

Consequently, Galliani has become a target for unhappy fans and on Tuesday fell victim to the radio prankster, who pretended to be president of rival club Sampdoria, Massimo Ferrari.

The prankster quizzed Galliani if Inzaghi would be sacked if Milan lost to Lazio in Tuesday's last-eight tie.

"No, unless there is a massive catastrophe we'll stick with him until the end of the season, then we'll see," said Galliani.

Galliani was also asked which strikers the club had targeted to shore up their ineffective attack.

"I'm looking for a centre-forward on loan and I will sign (Pablo) Osvaldo or (Mattia) Destro," said Galliani, before asking the fake Ferrero: "Are you planning to loan (Stefano) Okaka out? If so, then I'll be in touch."

In recent days Milan have been linked with Inter striker Osvaldo, who has been suspended after failing to turn up for training for several days, as well as Roma striker Destro.

Reports in La Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday said Milan had "agreed terms" with Roma to take Destro on loan until the end of the season for 700,000 euros (S$1.07 million) with the option of a permanent move costing Milan a further 16 million euros.

However, the report added that talks to take Italian striker Okaka from Sampdoria, who have recently signed Luis Muriel (Udinese) and Samuel Eto'o (Everton) were "ongoing".