Rafa Benitez has been trying to secure funds for a move for Gareth Barry and now it appears another of his top targets is being the target of a bid from a former Spurs boss now plying his trade in the Bundesliga.
Liverpool’s Rafa Benitez has missed out on another opportunity to finance his long-running move for Gareth Barry after Hamburg failed in a shock bid to sign Dirk Kuyt.
With co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett still stalling over the extra cash needed to meet an £18million asking price for Aston Villa midfielder Barry, Benitez is urgently exploring ways of generating funds.
But he has been unable to find a buyer for Xabi Alonso, despite enquiries from Juventus and Arsenal, and has now scared off Hamburg with his valuation of Kuyt.
Hamburg coach Martin Jol tried to sign former Feyenoord striker Kuyt for Tottenham nearly three years ago and launched another attempt after selling Rafael van der Vaart to Real Madrid. But the Bundesliga club soon dropped their interest after being told the fee was £16m. (Mail Online)
Dirk Kuyt has managed to convert from striker to wide man fairly well and in doing so has become very essential to the Anfield outfit, in fact his exploits in that role have been successful at international level also. I guess an obvious question to ask would be, if Liverpool wanted to scare off Hamburg from chasing the Dutchman they could simply say “he’s not for sale”, but either way it appears Martin Jol has got the message. Do Liverpool fans feel that Dirk is dispensable? Or has his transition from front man to provider made him invaluable to the club?