Just when we thought Roy Hodgson was a dead man walking at Anfield, the Liverpool boss plays his trump card: he’s going to turn everything around by signing two strikers.
But, Liverpool fans, before you leap from your chair, punching the air in exalted triumph just yet, be warned: we’re talking one Championship player and one “hot prospect” here.
The one for the future is apparently already a done-deal; he’s 21-year-old Dutch sensation, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, and he’s already hit 11 goals in 17 starts for FC Utrecht this season.
He’ll cost around £8m, and as Hodgson told the club’s official website, he’s just what Liverpool need:
“As I’ve said to the supporters many times, it’s important that we don’t just get bodies and numbers. We need people who are going to be very good for the long-term future of the club, or players who are definitely going to make a big difference to us in terms of what we’re going to do in the beginning of 2011.”
Just how much of the club’s long-term future Roy will be involved in remains to be seen.
BUT that’s not all: the boss has also got his Fulham cap back on, and is preparing for a bidding war with his old club for Crystal Palace’s 18-year-old forward, Wilfried Zaha.
The scouts have already been deployed, and Kenny Dalglish is rumoured to have a hand in this deal, too. Palace will demand a fee of £2m for their man.
The transfer widow will certainly be a busy time at Anfield, and Hodgson has clearly made signing a striker his top priority, having also been linked with Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge and Bolton’s Johan Elmander recently.
Well, as the boss says: “We have a lot of ideas”.
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