According to this source, Rafa has decided to opt to change tack and put all his effort into signing this Tottenham striker before the transfer window slams shut!
It was a grim day for Gareth Barry yesterday, as the Aston Villa outcast injured himself on his first day back at training – and Liverpool have switched concentration to a £20million move for Robbie Keane.
While Barry was limping out of his return to training, Liverpool stepped up their pursuit of Spurs striker Keane with an improved bid.
He has already confided in close friends at Tottenham that he expects to start the season at Anfield and Rafa Benitez will now switch the focus of his rebuilding plans, after becoming frustrated by the Barry saga.
Benitez sees Keane, 28, as an ideal foil for Fernando Torres and knows he only has the funds to sign either Keane or Barry. (Daily Express)
Gareth Barry is in danger of getting stuck at Villa Park, he appears to be stuck in the middle of a series of deals still waiting to be struck! Benitez apparently expected to have cash from an Alonso sale to help boost the double swoop, but now seems keener on opting for the Spurs striker. Robbie Keane would work very well alongside El Nino, but Juande Ramos is obviously going to fight hard to keep the Irishman, not least because it seems apparent that the north London club is set to lose Dimitar Berbatov as well. Do Liverpool fans think that Keane is a more important potential purchase than Barry?