Recently, Gerard Houllier has stated his interest in signing Paris Saint-Germain striker Guillaume Hoarau, but views to an immediate move are expressly subdued by the price of the towering 26-year old.
Initially, a price tag of £10 million was slapped on Hoarau, but upon learning of Premier overseas interest, PSG promptly bumped the price up to £14 million – just out to Aston Villa’s immediate range.
It seemed as though Hoarau was destined to stay put, but Liverpool (Houllier’s former club) have now emerged as serious contenders for the Frenchman’s signature. With NESV issuing a (so far merely verbal) statement of intent, Hoarau is now reportedly written in indelible ink on the hitlists of Roy Hodgson and new club owner John Henry.
With 23 goals in 50 appearances for PSG, Hoarau is quickly developing into a much prolific striker, shedding his “second-striker” tendencies and becoming an all-out hitman. On paper, he is committed to PSG until 2013, but at 26 he is ripe for the picking. With a good ten (or so) years left in the tank, could he be one of those who will get better with age? Only time can tell.