Anfield outfit apparently about to secure duo deal.
Roy Hodgson is apparently poised to get busy in the transfer market, with reports that Wigan’s Paul Scharner and Taye Taiwo of Marseille are about to arrive at Anfield.
The new Liverpool boss is understood to have been a long-time admirer of former Austrian international utility man Scharner. The 30-year-old is available on a free as his contract at the DW Stadium expired at the end of last season.
They’ve certainly got good value from the £2.5m they paid Brann to sign Scharner in 2005, after he went on to make more than 150 appearances for the Latics. Hodgson is said to have tried to sign Scharner when he was in charge at Fulham.
Meanwhile, Nigerian international left-back Taiwo is also reported to be on the Anfield radar, and a bid of around £8.5 could be imminent.
Taiwo joined Marseille from Nigerian side Lobi Stars in 2004, and has become established as a first-team regular, helping them win the Ligue 1 title for the first time in 18 years. (BetFair Football)
Liverpool fans hoping that their new boss would be given a decent amount of cash to play around with in the transfer market may not be too pleased with this latest bit of speculation, indeed some may feel that this pair are the kind of signings that Roy Hodgson may indeed have planned whilst Fulham boss but may feel that neither represent the kind of players a team aiming for the top four should be linked with.
In the case of out of contract Austrian Paul Scharner that is definitely the case. The 30 year old former Wigan man would love to move to Anfield and indeed the utility player sees such a move as a ‘dream’ one but is he really any better than those players in the Liverpool squad who do not get into the first team reckoning? Surely the answer to that question is a resounding ‘no’.
Marseille wide man Taye Taiwo may be a slightly different kettle of fish. The 25 year old Nigerian international is a very good attacking left back and one who is continually linked with a move to the Premier League but having just secured his first league title at the south of France side may indeed feel that the time is not right to leave a potential Champions League push under Didier Deschamps.
Perhaps one of the reasons the Merseyside club took Hodgson was his ability to work with a relatively small budget, something the veteran boss had to do even though his former club was bank rolled by Harrods owner Mohamed Al Fayed.
Neither of these potential signings will get Liverpool fans too excited but nonetheless if Hodgson isn’t handed a large transfer windfall then this is what they may have to get used to.