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Players are quite literally busting to move to Anfield as Roy Hodgson draws up shopping list.
Roy Hodgson will be handed an initial transfer budget of £15m when he completes his move to Liverpool.
The Englishman has already drawn up a list of targets and Javier Mascherano’s proposed £25m move to Barcelona and Yossi Benayoun’s £6m transfer to Chelsea will further boost his spending power.
Approaches for Gilberto Silva, Brede Hangeland and Rafael van der Vaart are high on Hodgson’s wish-list, with an Anfield return for Danny Murphy also under consideration.
Should Mascherano finally be granted his wish to join Barcelona, former Arsenal midfield anchor man Silva would prove a ready-made replacement, after underlining his enduring worth for Brazil at the World Cup and being made available by Panathinaikos, due to the financial crisis in Greece.
One-time Arsenal target Hangeland would readily follow Hodgson to Anfield, as would Murphy, while new Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho would not stand in Van der Vaart’s way, as he bids to make his mark at the Bernabeu. (Daily Mail)
So it’s happened. We have appointed Roy Hodgson, and whilst the guy wouldn’t have been my first (or second or third) choice to take the Anfield job I will however give him my wholehearted support. With his arrival comes a string of potential targets, as referenced by the Daily Mail story above.
Of the Quartet detailed the likes of Rafael Van der Vaart and Gilberto Silva greatly tickle my fancy whereas Brede Hangeland and Danny Murphy are interesting, if not spectacular, additions. Gilberto is a top notch defensive midfielder and one who has gone from strength strength since he left Arsenal two years ago. Yes he is 33 but he is very fit indeed and is a good battler to have on board.
Rafael Van der Vaart looks likely to finally leave Real Madrid and if we can convince him to move to Merseyside we would have done well. Roy Hodgson is not exactly the name that conjures up images of causing top quality players to drop everything and scramble to play under, but perhaps I am wrong.
Murphy was of course a very useful player during his seven years at the club, but he too is 33 and whilst he had a great season last term I would be unsure of the sense in re-signing him. Hangeland is another player who I feel will not improve things at the back as all out regular centre backs are in my opinion better than the Norwegian and he would probably cost an arm and a leg.