Roy Hodgson appears to have diagnosed Liverpool’s solution to the problems at both centre-half and centre-forward planning a swoop for Robert Huth from Stoke and Amauri from Juventus that could cost the club somewhere in the region of £20m.
Both players are available in January and will be looking for moves to push their way into National team reckoning.
Robert Huth, despite being a regular at right-back for Stoke, still sees himself as a centre-half and believes he can force himself into the German National Squad at this position were he to get a £7m move to Hodgson’s Liverpool.
The big stumbling block to the move would be Hodgson’s want to use him as a utility player which would mean that Huth, although he would see time at centre-half, would be wanted to play full-back on occasion as well.
Meanwhile, Amauri’s availability mainly comes from problems with ‘third-party ownership’ involved in his transfer to Juventus and Palermo which has seen Amauri, his agent and members of both clubs having been fined.
Therefore, Amauri wants to get out of Italy and could be available for somewhere in the region of £12-13m. This price has heightened Roy Hodgson’s interest due his desperation to find a source of goals other than the currently misfiring Fernando Torres.
Amauri could well see a successful move to the Premiership as a way to find a permanent way into the Italian Squad following his debut appearance at Upton Park against Ivory Coast in August. A game that made sure he was unavailable to Brazil.