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‘El Tigre’

Porto’s Colombian hit-man Radamel Falcao Garcia Zarate (or just Falcao to you and I) has revealed an ambition to play in the Premier League in the near future, according to his father.

The 24-year-old has been heavily linked in the Portuguese press with a move away from the Estádio do Dragão after some exceptional performances reignited interest from several clubs including Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa.

Liverpool had previously been favourites to land the Colombian after River Plate’s admission that his sale was required to finance the Argentinean club; however, Porto – who have struggled this season, in spite of Falcao’s remarkable debut year – managed to secure the striker’s services in an attempt to compensate for Lisandro Lopez’s departure to rivals Benfica. Of course, Liverpool’s renewed interest will now be subject to Roy Hodgson’s approval.

Martin O’Neill and Harry Redknapp had also followed the striker, nicknamed ‘el Tigre’, since he burst onto the scene as a youngster with two goals in his first ever senior game for his club. Both can be expected to reconsider the possibilities of an approach for the player.

Falcao may not be the tallest of players at 5ft 9in but his stocky build, his relentless determination, his pace and quick feet, and his confidence with either foot have combined to make him a deadly force for both Porto and River Plate, settling fears that his early injury problems would hamper his career’s progression.

His goal-scoring record is a clear indicator of that untarnished ability. In Falcao’s final Clausura in South America, the striker hit 8 goals in 18 games. He then went on from that impressive tally to hit an amazing 25 goals in 28 games in the Portuguese Liga last season. In addition to that, the talented Colombian also managed to demonstrate his ability at the pinnacle of European football with 4 goals in 8 Champions League games.

Clearly, Falcao has become one of the hottest prospects in world football.

Now, the striker has revealed his inclination to leave Porto for pastures new. It has been reported that Falcao is already in the process of learning English and his father surmised in a recent interview that his son would favour a move to the Premier League.

Porto’s failure to qualify for the Champions League after coming 3rd in the Portuguese Liga will also likely feature in Falcao’s decision to leave Os Dragões.

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