Anfield side target Ivory Coast striker.
Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, said last night that he would be willing to investigate bringing in Didier Drogba or Michael Owen as emergency reinforcements, after admitting that he would not have allowed Andy Carroll to leave on loan to West Ham United on Thursday had he known his club would deny him £7m Clint Dempsey from Fulham.
Speaking in the aftermath of yesterday’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal at Anfield, Rodgers also insisted he will recall Carroll from his loan spell at West Ham in January if he cannot bolster his striking options.
Owen, a free agent since his release by Manchester United, has been offered a £30,000-a-week, two-year deal by Stoke City but is likely to jump at the chance of a return to the spiritual home he left eight years ago. Yet after only 31 appearances in three years at Old Trafford there are serious questions about whether he can overcome injury problems to make a Liverpool’s investment in the 32-year-old worthwhile.
Though Drogba is two years older than Owen, he would be by far the more exciting prospect, if he could be persuaded to take a vast reduction on the £200,000-a-week deal on which he joined Shanghai Shenhua – where a boardroom struggle has cast his future into doubt.
Liverpool’s need to beef up their attacking options coupled with the fact that the transfer window has slammed shut has led the Anfield side to be linked with some rather bizarre possible additions.
A move for Didier Drobga is perhaps preferable, and slightly more likely, than a move for former striker Michael Owen but is still very very unlikely.
The Ivory Coast international only recently moved to Shanghai Shenhua and was paid handsomely for doing so and therefore any hope that the 34 year old has of making a Premier League return seem slim to none. The former Chelsea man still has a season or two in the tank at the top but chose instead to pursue a new challenge in China and thus far in footballing terms that has worked fairly well with the Blues legend netting four goals in six matches.
Last term Drogba was instrumental in helping Chelsea to a double cup triumph last term, scoring in both FA Cup and Champions League finals before packing his bags and leaving Stamford Bridge.
Brendan Rodgers clearly felt he would see a striker come in on deadline-day and now has to depend on Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini, with the possibility of using youngster Adam Morgan, as he looks to push Liverpool back into the top four.
Liverpool have managed just two goals in their opening three Premier League fixtures and the addition of another option would be welcomed but only if the player in question is a viable option, could either of the players mentioned by this source be described as being just that? Doubtful.
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