Rafa looks at cut price Mascherano replacement.
Rafa Benitez is reported to be interested in the Hammers’ midfielder and as he looks to take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding West Ham’s future.
The Reds boss is hoping West Ham will be forced to sell one of their key players to ease their financial debt before David Gold and David Sullivan’s takeover of the club can be completed.
Liverpool slumped to yet another defeat at the weekend losing 2-1 to rivals Arsenal and Benitez is now looking to strengthen the spine of his team by attempting to bring Parker to Anfield in January.
Since being dumped out of the Champions League, Liverpool have turned their attention to the Premier League and securing a top four spot with European qualification.
Reports have even suggested that Parker, West Ham’s Player of the Year for 2008-09, could be lined up as a replacement for Javier Mascherano who looks set to move to Barcelona in the summer. (Give Me Football)
I like Scott Parker, but he is no Mascherano, and if we lose the Argentine to Barcelona I don’t think the addition of the West Ham battler will really represent any kind of worthy replacement. It seems the long running saga regarding Javier is destined to continue through the upcoming transfer window and who knows if he will still be at the club come next May.
We are coming up to a busy Christmas period full of crucial matches and with the likes of Aston Villa, Man City and Tottenham battling above their weight we can’t afford to lose any more ground in our top four race. Liverpool can’t afford to lose any more top quality players without having ready made replacements to call upon, we have to learn from the Xabi Alonso mistake.
The former Chelsea and Newcastle United man Parker is a good quality determined customer but really not the type of player who I can see pushing us upwards towards the top four and whilst I know we don’t have a great deal of cash any potential sale of Mascherano would presumably bring us a great deal of cash, perhaps around £30m, so clearly we would need that money to reinvest and replace a player who last season was irreplaceable.