Anfield boss sets sights on two Eastlands non-starters.
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Roy Hodgson has earmarked moves for Manchester City pair Shaun Wright-Phillips and Roque Santa Cruz in January. The Anfield and hopes that by the time the transfer window reopens the club’s American owners will have left leaving the way open for new investment and the potential for further additions to help revive the Merseyside outfit’s fortunes.
Having started the season shockingly the former Fulham manager has set his sights on resolving two areas of concern, namely the need for more natural width and an experienced striker to help share the goalscoring burden with misfiring Fernando Torres.
Wright-Phillips stated last month his desire to force his way into a regular starting spot at the Eastlands club but it seems that may be something Roberto Mancini is unable to guarantee given the abundance of wide players the club has, not least new signings Adam Johnson and David Silva. A move to Anfield would surely interest the England international and offer him a way to kick start a stuttering career.
Paraguayan Roque Santa Cruz seems unable to get a break at the City of Manchester Stadium and has thus far this season managed just a Carling Cup run out and not one minute of Premier League action. Roy Hodgson tried to land a striker as the transfer window closed and failed in moves for Carlton Cole and Roman Pavlyuchenko and appears to see the former Bayern Munich man as a viable target.
The pair would set Liverpool back around £18m and clearly any such move would depend greatly on where the club stand’s financially come January.