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Liverpool Consider Surprise Move for £16m La Liga Striker

Rafa hopes to bring goal machine to Anfield.

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Atletico Madrid forward Diego Forlan has emerged as a summer target for Liverpool, according to reports from England.

The Mail on Sunday comments that Reds coach Rafa Benitez is already looking at potential targets for next season, and recently admitted that he believes his squad needs at least five fresh faces in order to become title challengers once again.

Forlan, who spent three seasons with Manchester United between 2002 and 2004 before moving to Villarreal, has been prolific during his time in Spain, winning the Pichichi prize awarded to top goalscorer at both the Yellow Submarines and Atletico Madrid.

The 30-year old was thought to be a target of Barcelona during the close season, and is expected to star at this summers’ World cup for his country. (Goal.com)

Rafa Benitez is obviously very keen to add new attacking options to his Anfield side, a fact that must be all the more clearer after his Liverpool side failed to break down a stubborn Fulham side earlier today. Diego Forlan was of course a very poor Premier League performer during his Old Trafford nightmare but the Uruguayan has come an awful long way since those Man United days.

Now something of a La Liga goal machine the 30 year old really is a changed man and the natural predator may welcome a chance to prove any doubters that he can indeed score goals in the English top tier. Having only arrived at Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2007 for a fee of £16m one would imagine the Merseyside club would have to pay at least that to have any chance of signing the former Villarreal man and clearly the cash strapped club may find it hard to come up with that kind of funding.

Forlan himself may entertain notions of leaving Atletico after his efforts, 80 goals in three seasons, have failed to spark the club into any sort of rhythm and he has seen Madrid’s “other club” struggle this term and even after a good run of form they still lie in a mediocre tenth spot.

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