Despite having little in the way of funds, Liverpool will be one of the more interesting sides to watch on this transfer deadline day. Many have written them off this year, and with the money Man City have spent recently, it’s hard to see how they’re going to get themselves back into the top four. So who might Roy Hodgson be turning to in order to boost his side’s chances?
Well, Hodgson has openly admitted a desire to sign another striker. He’s inherited a squad that contains several promising young strikers, but beyond Fernando Torres, there’s not much in the way of bona fide Premiership quality players. They had been looking at PSV’s Ola Toivonen: but that deal has stalled as Liverpool aren’t prepared to meet a £13million valuation.
They also made enquiries about Mario Gómez, but Bayern Munich are unwilling to sell, having spent €35million on the striker last summer. Reports have also linked them with a move for West Ham’s Carlton Cole, but that seems to have been scuppered by a frankly outrageous asking price of £20million. Ricky van Wolfswinkel, the Utrecht striker who scored a hat-trick against Celtic in mid-week, is another alternative for Liverpool. Hodgson has stated of his need for another striker:
“If we could get us a striker who could really take the pressure off Torres from time to time that would be very useful. I think it could be the icing on the cake but I’m anxious not to bring in people who I don’t think are good enough. Just spending money to bring someone in to say we have another player could be a mistake.”
Another area that Hodgson will look to improve is at left-back. Liverpool were expecting to lose South American duo Fábio Aurélio and Emiliano Insúa, but Aurélio re-signed after leaving at the end of his contract and a move to Fiorentina fell through for Insúa. Hodgson is still keen to improve here, and will try to bring in Paul Konchesky, who played under him at Fulham, for around £3.5million. Liverpool’s Finnish youngster Lauri Dalla Valle may be going the other way as part of the deal.
Liverpool fans have seen their club bring in a couple of value buys so far this summer, such as Joe Cole and Milan Jovanović on free transfers. We may well see another new face or two at Anfield before the deadline closes today.
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