Top of Liverpool’s wish-list is 23-year-old Eljero Elia, who currently plays for Hamburg. Although the Dutch international is far from a prolific goal-scorer, having hit just 2 goals in 10 games this season, he is regarded as one for the future, and would certainly fit in with Damien Comolli’s policy of bringing young players to Liverpool.
Elia would cost at least £12m, and NESV will require Roy Hodgson to generate a portion of that fee through player sales before the owners stump up the rest, and they have reportedly already given the green light for Ryan Babel’s transfer to Birmingham City, should Alex McLeish table a suitable bid.
However, Liverpool may be about to miss out on Elia altogether, as Wolfsburg have identified him as the man to replace Edin Dzeko following his move to Manchester City.
The Anfield outfit have already missed out on previous targets Carlton Cole and Roman Pavlyuchenko, and this leaves them with two remaining options: Daniel Sturridge and Ajax forward, Luis Suarez, who have both been touted as alternative targets should Liverpool also miss out on Elia.
Yet with Chelsea declaring their youngster will not be leaving Stamford Bridge in January, and Ajax holding out for at least £20m for their striker, Liverpool’s long list of targets suddenly looks startlingly short.
Enter CFR Cluj’s giant Ivorian striker, Lacina Traore, now the stand-out choice on Liverpool’s list of transfer targets. And at 6ft 8, he’d stand out pretty much anywhere!
He’s been dubbed “The New Adebayor”… but don’t let that put you off! Traore has hit 7 goals in 13 games this season, has been linked with Bayern Munich and was monitored by Arsenal last summer, as well as attracting previous interest from Tottenham and Everton.
If Hodgson’s looking for a foil for Fernando Torres, who better than a target man who can also contribute a good amount of goals himself? He’d cost between £12m-£15m, has experience at international and Champions League level, and must surely be head and shoulders above the rest on Woy’s wish-list.
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