Anfield’s search for a new left back takes them to Celtic’s Parkhead.
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Reported Liverpool target Emilio Izaguirre has seen his profile rise quite dramatically this season.
The Honduran joined Celtic for £650,000 from Motagua last summer and has quickly established himself as an integral member of Neil Lennon’s side as they pursue a first SPL title since 2008.
It is no wonder that Liverpool are alleged to be monitoring the defender, who has now been compared to Tottenham whiz Gareth Bale by Parkhead teammate Joe Ledley.
“They are similar,” said Ledley – an international teammate of Bale’s – when asked about the similarities.
“I have played with both of them and both have qualities.
“Gareth Bale is one of the best players in the world at the moment.
“Emilio is quick, good on the ball, has composure and has a good cross in him.
“It’s great to have him at the club and hopefully we can keep him.”
The Daily Mail reported last week that Liverpool were keeping tabs on the 24-year-old and the Anfield club have been tipped to launch a summer move.
Click Liverpool has since reported that Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was at Ibrox two weeks ago to watch Izaguirre in action in the Old Firm derby and Celtic are now said to be willing to consider bids in the region of £8 million for the Honduras international.
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Perhaps comparisons to Gareth Bale are a little premature there is no doubting the immediate impact the Honduras international has made at Parkhead. Along with new arrival Biram Kayal from Maccabi Haifa, the pair have been a pair of great additions to the SPL club and players that show the success you can garner from a good scouting system. The problem is, and perhaps this is not a problem at all, the better they get the more likely they are to be stolen away.
Liverpool could do with a new left back. Paul Konchesky and Emiliano Insua are out on loan and unlikely to return, Fabio Aurelio is not really first choice material and Glen Johnson has done well in an unaccustomed role but is not a long term solution, not least as he will now switch back to right back to cover injured youngster Martin Kelly, an issue that could of course arise next term.
24 year old Izaguirre may well be tempted by a move to the Premier League and Neil Lennon will attempt to fight off interest in any of his squad but the reality is that a move from the SPL down south is always a likelihood when a big club comes calling.