West Ham United and the two Merseyside clubs are all keeping tabs on Hapoel Tel Aviv striker Itay Shecter.
The Israeli forward found the net on Wednesday night in a 3-1 defeat to German side Schalke 04. It is believed that West Ham and Everton officials were in the crowd, while Liverpool are keeping track on the twenty three year old for a possible January move.
Shecter has been at Hapoel Tel Aviv since July 2009 and has an impressive record of thirty five goals in sixty five league appearances. He has made nine international appearances, scoring twice.
Shecter seems a bit of a character. After scoring in the Champions League play off against Red Bull Salzburg in August he celebrated by pulling out a crocheted Tel Aviv yarmulke (commonly known as a kippah), put it on his head and began to pray in the middle of the pitch. He was given a yellow card and the stunt gained attention throughout Israel. It was interpreted as a gesture against the Nazi history of Austria. The interpretation was questioned when it was discovered the kippah was given to him by a cancer suffering Tel Aviv fan.
All three clubs in question could do with more firepower. Fernando Torres has struggled for the last six months and David N’Gog, despite having had a decent start to the season, isn’t considered good enough to lead the line for Liverpool.
Everton has Louis Saha, who is injured as often as he’s fit. They have Yakubu who, apart from the derby last week, has been poor. There other striker’s are yet to impress.
West Ham needs anyone. Carlton Cole hasn’t done very much this season, Benni McCarthy has fitness issues (he’s fat) apparently. Frederic Piquionne is steady but isn’t good enough to keep them up on his own.
All three clubs could do with a forward, but is a striker who’s only ever played in the Israeli league going to make that big a difference?
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