Exciting young winger could light up the flanks at Anfield.
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Lille admit they face a battle to keep hold of Liverpool target Eden Hazard.
The 19-year-old has also been tracked by Arsenal and Manchester United after catching the eye at an early age among the French club’s ranks.
The Belgium winger’s form in recent weeks has been particularly sublime and Liverpool scouts watched him and Gervinho impress as Lille beat Monaco 2-1 at the weekend.
Lille president Michel Seydoux said: ‘For now, we take pleasure in watching him play, we take advantage. But you know, the sirens did not start this morning.
‘On Sunday, he was incredible. He has warmed us in this cold weather.
‘We will not hide – it seems obvious that there will be requests for such a talent. But the player has already understood that he works well here, and that there are people who help him reach his level.’
He added, cryptically: ‘A nugget is good, but in the middle of the desert it is useless.’ (Daily Mail)
Now we’re not French, but we imagine that like Rafa Benitez’s priest on a mountain of sugar metaphor, Lille president Michel Seydoux’s idiom looks marginally stranger in English than its original language.
However, we’re not sure it qualifies as “cryptic”.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that he is referring to Hazard as the nugget, while his current club is the desert.
The statement from Seydoux is an admission that should a bigger club come calling, Lille will listen, and Liverpool would be well advised to move as quickly as possible.
Newspapers were divided whether Roy Hodgson and his scout Laurent Viaud went to watch Gervinho or his club colleague Hazard at the weekend, but if it was the talented Belgian teenager, it would be a quite brilliant signing for Liverpool.
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