New Anfield boss makes very grand plans.
Aston Villa winger Ashley Young is top of Roy Hodgson’s wishlist as he tries to add British players to his Liverpool team.
Hodgson, who has strongly denied that he is not a big enough name to persuade Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres to stay, will try to find out this week if Villa manager Martin O’Neill is willing to let Young leave.
The winger, who celebrates his 25th birthday on Friday, made a big early impact at Villa following a £10million move from Watford in 2007.
But inconsistency last season meant he missed out on going to the World Cup with England.
Liverpool have sold Yossi Benayoun to Chelsea for £6.5m and replaced him with 29-year-old Serbia World Cup player Milan Jovanovic, a free agent. Hodgson could also sell Javier Mascherano to Barcelona for £25m and bring in Brazil’s Gilberto Silva at a fraction of the price. (Daily Mail)
This seems a tad unlikely. Liverpool are severely cash strapped and the idea they can put in a bid for the £25m rated England winger seems far fetched to say the least. Yes, Roy Hodgson may well end up losing Javier Mascherano and if they did it would be a big loss and one that would not be resolved by bringing in the Aston Villa man.
Hodgson could well do with some natural width but is unlikely to get a large transfer war chest this summer, after all the lack of funds for new additions was one of the reported reasons that Rafa Benitez grew so exasperated whilst he was Anfield boss.
The sale of Yossi Benayoun will also hurt the Merseyside outfit given they have very little strength in depth and the Israeli was a damn good utility player to have around. Most Liverpool fans I come into contact with are hoping that the former Fulham boss can help the club turn the corner but rightly point out that the real issue remains the club’s American owners, and seeing as they are trying to sell the club, they are not going to give Hodgson a vast sum of cash to sign new players.