Liverpool owners kiss goodbye to more hard earned American cash…
According to the Metro Liverpool, or more specifically serial spender Kenny Dalglish, will have to fork out up to £12.5 million if they are to snare FC Twente forward Luuk de Jong.
The Dutch international has scored 23 times in 29 league games for Steve McClaren’s men, and Liverpool are thought to be among the sides monitoring his situation in the summer. Dalglish is in desperate need of a prolific goalscorer to play alongside Luis Suarez, or at least one who doesn’t need the ball to be aimed directly at his head in order to find the back of the net.
After splashing out around £60 million on a load of rubbish in the summer Liverpool chiefs will no doubt be well aware of the King’s prowess in the transfer market, and it appears they may only give their erratic leader £20 million for this summer despite lying closer to the relegation zone than the top of the league.
The Scotsman spent that figure on Jordan Henderson alone last season, and the former Sunderland man has re-paid that faith with a series of impressive side ways passes and a goal against Bolton.
When asked by the Mirror about the funds available, Dalglish answered defiantly:
“We will have money to spend, whoever it’s on, there will be money for us.
“Whether it’s the FA Cup money, Raul (Meireles) being sold to Chelsea or from commercial sources, it doesn’t matter where it comes from.
It all goes into the coffers. The money which is there for us to spend… we will get whatever they can give us.”
Sounds like somebody may be looking round the back of the sofa for cash come July.
As for De Jong he fits the profile of the type of young, unproven and over-priced player the Reds are keen to bring in and, with Dalglish somehow managing to squeeze out more funds, they could afford to match Twente’s valuation.
However, Dalglish is thought to be keeping his options open in the market despite the departure of director of football Damien Comolli, with Swansea’s on-loan midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson and Athletic Bilbao striker Iker Muniain having also been touted as potential purchases.
“We’re not idle,” confirmed Dalglish. “The owners haven’t decided how they are going to replace Damien, but that doesn’t mean the work has stopped. Anything we have got to do, we will continue to do the best we can until the owners make the decision on how they want Damien replaced.”
“Then whoever comes in we will just take up the conversations we have had. We know where we are going.”
Course you do Kenny, course you do.
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