In an interview with talkSPORT, Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar has claimed his former club are on the verge of signing a South American striker playing in Holland. liverpool-kop.com have speculated that this striker could be FC Groningen’s David Texeira.
The former Kop goalkeeper hinted to talkSPORT that current Reds boss, Kenny Dalglish, is interested in signing two strikers in the January transfer window.
“There are two strikers [Liverpool are interested in],” Grobbelaar said.
“I know that [Kenny Dalglish] is looking at a South American striker who is playing in Holland and I know he’s quite close in getting another striker.
“I’m not going to be the one to actually tell you who, but I’m sure that the striker will be arriving soon.”
Such comments of Dalglish’s potential transfer activity being broadcast around the world are unlikely to go down well with the Liverpool boss who usually prefers to keep his cards close to his chest. Nevertheless, the rumour mill kicked into overdrive following Grobbelaar’s comments and liverpool-kop.com quickly came up with the name of David Texeira.
Of several South American strikers plying their trade in Holland’s Eredivisie, Texeira appears to be Liverpool’s most likely target – if Grobbelaar’s claims are actually valid. Texeira is a 20 year-old Uruguayan who joined FC Groningen from Defensor Sporting in August 2011. He made his debut in September 2011 against Heerenveen and has notched 7 goals in 12 appearances so far this season. The South American has also represented his national team at Under-20 level during the 2011 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
Liverpool have struggled in front of goal so far this season. Andy Carroll’s failed goal record since arriving at Anfield has been well-documented, as has Luis Suarez’s disciplinary problems and Dirk Kuyt has only found the net on one occasion. A lack of cutting edge has been a major factor in the Merseysider’s drawing 7 of their 11 home fixtures so a new striker is likely to be top of Dalglish’s wish list.
Texeira certainly fits in with Liverpool’s policy of investing in youth and with fellow compatriots Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates already on Merseyside, there’s a possibility the Uruguayan duo may have recommended the youngster to Dalglish.
Matias Jones (FC Groningen, on-loan at Danubio), Jonathan Reis & Renato Ibarra (Vitesse Arnhem), and Everton (Heracles Almelo) are the other South American forwards that have been mentioned in relation to Grobbelaar’s comments.
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