New Anfield boss keen on Eredivisie marksman.
New Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is lining up a £12.5million move for Costa Rican scoring sensation Bryan Ruiz.
Hodgson sees Ruiz, who netted 24 times last season for Dutch champions FC Twente, as the perfect replacement for Fernando Torres if he quits Anfield.
But even if the Spanish star stays put Hodgson is keen to get 24-year-old Ruiz on board.
Hodgson watched him on several occasions last season with a view to signing him for Fulham.
But he would have needed to smash Fulham’s transfer record and was forced to concede Ruiz was outside their price range.
Ruiz has seen his value treble since ex-England boss Steve McClaren snapped him up just a year ago for five million euros from Belgian club Ghent.
His goals helped Twente to their first-ever Dutch league crown and earned McClaren a move to the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg.
McClaren would like to sign Ruiz, who is also interesting Spanish clubs Seville and Villarreal, for a second time but the asking price is too high for the Germans. (Daily Mail)
Whilst its true that Bryan Ruiz has scored goals wherever he has played its also true that so far that means he has scored goals in the average to poor Dutch and Belgian leagues and is still to prove himself at a higher level. Roy Hodgson is a pretty good judge of ability though so he may well be on to a good thing, but is he going to get the cash strapped club to come up with £12.5m for the Costa Rican?
The 24 year old powerfully built front man can play in a few positions and has the strength to be a good target man but also has the lethal ability in front of goal to be the goal getter. He could indeed work well alongside Fernando Torres but as alluded to before, there will be big questions marks about whether the former Gent man can do it at the highest level.
Given the financial limitations the club is currently having to conduct themselves within a move for Ruiz would probably involve Hodgson having to sell another player to go with the sale of Yossi Benayoun earlier this month.