Anfield side keen on Marseille man.
Anfield director of football Damien Comolli has earmarked a move for Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac as Liverpool consider a January move to beef up the club’s attacking options. The French international has struggled to make an impact at the Stade Velodrome and has suffered the ignominy of being relegated to the Ligue 1 side’s reserve squad.
The 25 year old former Lorient and Toulouse man was considered one of the most talented strikers in France when he made a move worth around £14m to Marseille in August 2010 but the powerful forward has failed to live up to the hype and struggled to perform for Didier Deschamps’ side, managing just eight goals in 30 Ligue 1 appearances last term.
During the current campaign the striker has seen his form dip yet further and has spent much of the time on the bench and has recently been linked with interest from a number of Premier League sides including Tottenham, Everton and Fulham. This is all a big fall for a player who was a regular in the French international set-up at the tail end of Raymond Domenech’s reign and Comolli is now reportedly ready to re-ignite the Martigues born player’s career.
Liverpool have struggled up front this season with much of the workload being shouldered by Luis Suarez whilst Andy Carroll continues to fail to live up to his £35m price tag. Kenny Dalglish does not have much in the way of effective back-up options and has watched as Carroll and Dirk Kuyt have struggled to gel with the club’s Uruguayan hotshot.
Liverpool are thought to be ready to offer up to £8m for Gignac who Comolli feel can help add more dimensions to their attack, believing the Marseille man’s physical approach may well lend itself well to life in the Premier League.