A host of Premier League clubs are preparing to do battle in the race to sign Frenchman Guillaume Hoarau. Liverpool and Tottenham are heading the chase for the Paris St Germain forward and both look poised to table £15m bids.
Both clubs are thought to prefer a fee in the region of £10m for a player who is now aged 27. Though the fact that Hoarau was recently called up to the France squad, in place of Nicolas Anelka, will of course add to PSG’s estimation of the player.
Despite both Liverpool and Tottenham being in the market for strikers, the purchase of Hoarau would come as an interesting choice. At 6ft 4in, the Frenchman is often likened to Peter Crouch, so were Hoarau to join Spurs, surely this would mark the end of the Englishman’s White Hart Lane career.
Similarly, after splashing out £35m on target man Andy Carroll, a move for a player of the same ilk seems a bit strange. However, if Liverpool are to mount a serious Challenge to break back into the elite top four, which is surely the objective after investing heavily, Kenny Dalglish is fully aware that a squad with depth is required.
With only David Ngog as back-up to Luis Suarez and Carroll at the moment, at least one striker is essential, and it seems Haurao’s pace, power, and height could add something to the Anfield club.
Hoarau has been scouted by English clubs for some years, even dating back to his time in Ligue 2 for Le Havre. Former Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier earmarked the Frenchman as a perfect partner for Darren Bent, and duly had him watched many times throughout the year.
A bid from new boss Alex McLeish remains possible but is unlikely as the Scot looks to make his mark on the side.
Another club in the hunt for Haorau is Newcastle, whose incongruous foray into the French market could well continue hear. After the signings of Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye and Mehdi Abeid, it is clear that Newcastle have kept close tabs on the French league for some time. With this in mind, it is natural that their eyes would have been drawn to Hoarau, and with money to spare from Carroll’s sale, this could certainly be a goer.