Anfield boss to make January move for German international.
LIVERPOOL will revive their interest in Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez in January.
Roy Hodgson suffered deadline day frustration when he missed out on four striking targets despite frantic efforts to recruit cover for Fernando Torres.
Bayern’s Gomez was heading to Anfield on loan with a view to a £20m permanent deal in the summer.
But the German club’s supremo Karl-Heinz Rummenigge pulled the plug following a weekend defeat to Kaiserslautern.
That left Hodgson just 48 hours to switch his focus when £9m bids for West Ham’s Carlton Cole, Wolves’ Kevin Doyle and Fulham’s Bobby Zamora were rebuffed.
Hodgson must now wait until in the New Year when he hopes to not only have the remainder of his unspent transfer kitty from this summer, but also fresh funds from new owners.
He’s hopeful Bayern will change their stance on Gomez in a few months. (News of the World)
Getting German international Mario Gomez will not be a cheap undertaking and Roy Hodgson will have to hope that significant funds would be made available to bring in a striker who’s going rate would have to be in the region of £16-20m. We are talking about a former German Football of the Year who has netted 93 goals in the past four seasons.
It does appear that Louis Van Gaal has pushed the former Stuttgart man down the pecking order and he would probably jump at the chance of accepting a decent offer for the 25 year old, but where is the money going to come from?
Whilst its true that the Anfield outfit has offloaded Yossi Benayoun, Albert Riera and Javier Mascherano and banked around £30m in the process but that doesn’t mean that Roy Hodgson will be given this money to reinvest in his squad, in fact many would have been surprised that the Liverpool manager was given funds to bring Raul Meireles, let along being given more by the club’s underfire American owners for more additions.
However what is clear is that powerful rangy forward Gomez would surely suit the physicality of the Premier League and would probably be a good fit as a foil for Fernando Torres.