A step too far?
Apparently Tottenham made a last minute approach to Real Madrid to snap up one of the last remaining Dutch footballers at Real Madrid, the one and only Ruud Van Nistlerooy, would such a move have been tolerated or perhaps even welcomed by Liverpool to help ease their relative lack of striking options?
The likes of Wesley Sneijder, Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Arjen Robben realised there was little future for them at the Bernabeu and they fled to Italy and Germany and it is quite likely that Ruud will not get much of a look in at Real Madrid as the new boss attempts to fit all his superstars into the same line-up.
Rafa Benitez hasn’t got a great many options up front and not a great deal of cash to fix them, hence his lack of action once he has secured the big money moves for Glen Johnson and Alberto Aquilani. Clearly however the former Man United goal machine wouldn’t cost a great deal as he is getting on in years and the Spanish club simply wants to get players off its massive wage bill.
The idea of signing a player from a sworn enemy is clearly one that will leave a bad taste in many fans mouths but as far as a pure footballing decision is concerned, such a deal would surely have been welcomed, no?
By January he would be even cheaper!