Anfield told to offer silly money for Upton Park striker.
Liverpool have been informed by West Ham United that they must pay £20 million to the Londoners if they want to take Carlton Cole to Anfield, according to a report from The Sun.
The Reds were apparently told this week that they must shell out £15m plus another £5m linked to appearances at a later date.
The report implies that the price would have been lower had Liverpool been able to move for the player earlier in the summer.
Now, however, the Hammers do not want to leave themselves short in the striking department with a matter of days until the new season begins. (Goal.com)
Now we may have relatively few attacking options up our collective Anfield sleeve but if the alternative is to fork out a mind boggling fee for this West Ham man then I would rather take my chances with what we have. I do respect Carlton Cole’s work rate and occasional ability to score a good goal but top six material he ain’t.
Roy Hodgson is looking to get someone on board to lighten the burden on Fernando Torres but a move of this magnitude just wouldn’t make any sense whatsoever. I can only imagine that the Upton Park side have placed this large valuation on the former Chelsea man in the hopes it would scare off interest, but if that was the case they couldn’t they just say the following sentence instead “He is not for sale”.
David Ngog has looked decent in pre-season and in the Europa League qualifiers but that’s a world away from Premier League action so I can see him possibly being loaned out to West Brom but only if we bring someone else in before that.
Milan Jovanovic is a battering ram of a forward who could be a surprise package or indeed he could fail to deliver, that is the risk you take with bringing in a player who hasn’t played in a big league. I guess its less of a risk given that he cost nothing, but nonetheless the risk is there.
I am also all for given youth a chance and I am one of those Liverpool fans who want to see Daniel Pacheco given a fair crack of the whip. Thus far he has managed just 50 minutes of Premier League football, what’s the harm of throwing him in as a sub when the need arises? Jonjo Shelvey is another I would like to see more of, but clearly these are all untested options so I would like to see us fork out some cash for another striker, preferably with a bit of a pedigree.