Anfield side look to France for new additions.
Liverpool have joined the list of clubs showing interest in Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud.
Manager Kenny Dalglish and assistant Steve Clarke watched Montpellier’s 1-0 victory at Toulouse on Friday night and were joined in the stands by Arsenal scout Gilles Grimandi and Bayern Munich’s general manager Christian Nerlinger.
Although there were other players on show that have attracted Liverpool’s interest in the past year, including Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko and Montpellier captain and defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, it is understood Giroud was the focus of Dalglish’s attention.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
It appears that Ligue 1 has become the go-to place for many Premier League scouting missions with Sir Alex Ferguson, Alan Pardew and Arsene Wenger all taking a trip to France to scout possible new talents they wish to bring in. Kenny Dalglish has joined that throng and may feel that he can get more bang for his buck shopping abroad rather than looking to bring in further signings from within the Premier League.
Given the sums that were forked out for the likes of Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and Andy Carroll, somewhere in the region of £75m, you can hardly blame Dalglish for looking for a foreign purchase instead of paying over the odds for fairly average talent.
Of the three players mentioned perhaps the most eye-catching comes in the form of forward Olivier Giroud who has been in outstanding form for Montpellier this term, notching up 20 goals in Ligue 1 action this season, making him the top scorer in France. His form looks likely to help his side to their first ever domestic title.
Dalglish may see Moussa Sissoko as an ideal man to add further steel to a midfield that currently has to rely on Brazilian Lucas as their sole effective defensive midfielder, something of an issue this term after he was sidelined for much of the campaign.
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