Bolton are to complete the signing of Liverpool’s David N’Gog for a fee of £4m in a matter of days.
Bolton have been following the former Paris St Germain striker all summer and had been hoping to tie up a deal long before now. However, there have been suggestions that the deal was held up at Liverpool’s end as they searched for additional strikers.
Though Liverpool have undoubted quality in Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll and Dirk Kuyt up front, three strikers is simply not enough to push Liverpool towards the top of the league. If the excellent Suarez were to get injured, a strike force of Carroll and Kuyt would be distinctly average compared to the rest of the top five.
With youngster Dani Pacheco on the verge of signing a year-long loan deal with Rayo Vallecano, it is clear that Liverpool need to buy at least one striker before the end of the transfer window.
There were also many reports that Kenny Dalglish was delaying the deal in order to attempt to use N’Gog’s transfer fee as a discount on the signing of centre-back Gary Cahill from Bolton – another area of the team Liverpool are in need of strengthening.
At 22, and with experience at every level of French youth internationals, Bolton will be delighted with the purchase. Naturally, Coyle will play N’Gog in the Sturridge role of last year, working in tandem with Kevin Nolan.
If the pair click, Bolton can have high hopes of improving on last year’s very respectable league campaign.