Ligue 1

‘Arry & Roy Race To Rustle Up Readies For Racing Certainty

With some pretty constant question marks over the issue of Robbie Keane’s future in North London, Harry Redknapp looks set to don his wheeler-dealer jacket, leaf through a French phrase-book, and give Lyon a shout about Argentinean striker Lisandro Lopez.

Redknapp might face a little competition, however, from Liverpool, who frankly have other things to worry about. Roy Hodgson is keen to sign a striker to provide back-up (/a replacement) for the all-too-relied-upon, and patently unhappy, Fernando Torres.

I doubt Liverpool fans would’ve thought this’d be a possibility two years ago, but Tottenham would surely be the more desirable destination for Ligue 1’s Player of the Year. Champions League football, a realistic chance of staying in the top four, as well as the fact that they occasionally play quite well: Tottenham might not ultimately be a bigger club, but a move to Liverpool just wouldn’t make a great deal of sense for Lopez. That’s assuming that, come January, Liverpool would have the funds to afford such a player.

Lopez kicked off his career at Argentine side Racing, where his impressive form earned him a move to FC Porto. He hit great goal-scoring form in Portugal, netting 49 goals in 106 Portuguese Liga games in his four years there. Porto thought they’d cash in on the player when Lyon started desperately throwing bucket loads of cash around in order to replace the Madrid-bound Karim Benzema, pocketing a cool €28million: a slightly worrying figure if Redknapp or Hodgson were hoping to pick up a bargain.

The Premiership might be a step up from French football, but Lopez has the goal-scoring ability, as well as a shiny Player of the Year award, to make it over here.

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