Rafa wants Dutch youngster as soon as possible.
Liverpool’s owners are preparing to scoop £100m with a new rights issue, and will fund their manager’s transfer-based desires, which include the 22-year-old Dutch midfielder Eljero Elia, who only joined Hamburg in August from FC Twente. So desperate are the Reds to agree the deal, they’ll do all the paperwork in January but let him stay in Germany until the end of the season. But don’t get your hopes up, Liverpool fans: the Anfield legend (well, he played in a good team) Ronnie Whelan reckons that if Rafael Benítez wants him, this Elia’s bound to be abysmal – “his judgment in the transfer market has been awful,” he parped. (Guardian)
There seems to be growing speculation around this potential addition to Rafa’s Anfield Army and there is no doubting that the young Dutchman could well be a good signing and in many ways could well be the player Benitez had hoped that Ryan Babel would have been.
The two players are very similar in style and approach to the game but whereas Ryan has been a big disappointment there is a hope that the Hamburg winger could step up a level from Bundesliga challengers to try to make a name for himself in the Premier League.
The fact that the former FC Twente man has only really just arrived at Hamburg may dictate just how viable such a move from Liverpool may be. The idea that Rafa could buy him and then loan him back to the German side seems a little odd as clearly he could be of great use to the Merseyside outfit as soon as possible so I am not sure that such a deal really suits them.
If they do find the funds for such a move, and as this source suggests the naming rights issue could help provide the underfire Reds boss with some much needed cash, then I am sure they would want Elia to make the move in January and not wait until the end of the season when their chase for a Champions League spot may have already failed.
The £14m rated winger is an adaptable player who is probably more of a threat on the left and could helpfully fit in that position at Liverpool who have tried a number of options without much success. The likes of Babel and Albert Riera haven’t set the world alight and Yossi Benayoun seems to play more effectively when in a floating role.