Liverpool Set to Make Move for Excellent £9m Wing Wizard

Rafa looking to bring talented Frenchman to Anfield.

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Sports News - January 20, 2009

A number of Premier League clubs have been alerted by the much publicized fall-out between Jeremy Menez and his manager Claudio Ranieri at Roma. The French star is highly-rated but has never fulfilled his early promise shown at Sochaux and Monaco. However, Menez is still only 22-years-old and there are a number of Premier League clubs eyeing a potential move with Liverpool the team named as leading the chase in the Italian press.

There is no doubt that the French star possesses top drawer ability although his temperament has often been called into question. He is a highly technical player with superb dribbling and passing ability and his versatility would make him an extremely useful acquisition for Rafa Benitez particularly if he can secure Menez on a loan to buy deal as the club have little transfer funds available. The French star can play on either wing, in the hole or as a forward so would be ideal for Liverpool whose squad is not as strong in depth as some of their rivals for a top four spot.

Relations between the two clubs following Alberto Aquilani’s move to Anfield and John-Arne Riise’s move to Rome are good and the Italian press claim talks are ongoing. (Football Pools)

22 year old Jeremy Menez is something of an enigma. The Frenchman is yet to fulfill all his potential and whilst a move for the Roma man may be a risk it would be one that could well pay off for Liverpool. Rafa Benitez hasn’t had the best of luck with getting effective players to play out on the wings. Albert Riera has turned out to be a purchase that hasn’t exactly borne fruit and Ryan Babel has lurched from one poor performance to the next.

Anfield has been used to seeing Dirk Kuyt manfully try to play in a wide role and whilst he has done well he isn’t a natural wideman and the same could be said for Yossi Benayoun who also is used in that role. Jeremy Menez is a talented player who had a good first season in Serie A but appears to have fallen out with Claudio Ranieri and would jump at the chance of a move to join Alberto Aquilani at the Merseyside outfit.

Valued at £9m but worth far more if he manages to adapt to the Premier League, Benitez has some funds available having offloaded Andrea Dossena and Andrei Voronin already this month and Babel could well follow to help make room for a move for the former Monaco man.

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