Anfield boss keen on Black Cats youngster.
Liverpool are said to be interested in in-form Sunderland winger James McClean and are will are reportedly considering making a summer move for the 22 year old. The Anfield side have been monitoring the youngster’s progress at the Stadium of Light since his move from Derry City last August and his solid run of form since Martin O’Neill’s arrival at the club has led to a great deal of interest in the direct running old fashioned wide-man.
Kenny Dalglish is thought to be keen on further natural wide options as he looks to bring in players who can provide ammunition for forwards Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll and the club’s youthful transfer policy would lead many to see a move for an up and coming talent like McClean as a wise one.
However given the faith that O’Neill has shown him, McClean may well be keen to remain at Sunderland where he may feel he can get a better run of first team football under his belt. However if Liverpool were to secure European football, especially of the Champions League variety, then a move to the Merseyside club would of course prove all the more tempting.
McClean barely had a look in under Steve Bruce but has been a regular under O’Neill and has progressed rapidly in the process and may well be part of Giovanni Trappatoni’s Euro 2012 squad and indeed the Derry born winger may feel that a high profile move prior to the finals could help secure a spot in the Republic of Ireland squad following a ruling that stated he was eligible to play for them despite being capped at Under 21 level for Northern Ireland.
Though the Sunderland man has been used primarily on the right James McClean can also play on the right and it may be in that role that Dalglish could be looking to fill. Stewart Downing has had an up and down time of it since his move to the club in the summer but the England man is still a player the Scot has faith in but there doesn’t appear to be a firm solution to the wide right slot.
Jordan Henderson and Dirk Kuyt have both been used in the role but neither could be described as a natural fit for the role, hence the apparent interest in possible winger targets.