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Liverpool Close In On Very Average £19.5m Trio: Hodgson Looks to Complete Deals for Poulsen, Cole and Jones

Anfield boss sets sights on decidedly ordinary threesome.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers/West Ham United Premiership 15.08.09 Photo: Tim Parker Fotosports International Carlton Cole West Ham United 2009/10

Liverpool have made another inquiry about West Ham’s Carlton Cole after Tottenham quoted them £15million for Peter Crouch.
Liverpool expect to finalise a £5.5m deal for Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen within the next 24 hours and are mulling over an improved offer for Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Jones.
But manager Roy Hodgson has made another striker his next priority.
That looks like hinging on cash from the sale of Javier Mascherano though after West Ham also quoted Liverpool £12m on England international Cole.

Cole fire: Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson wants to take the West Ham striker to Anfield in a £12m deal
Stoke had an offer rebuffed for Cole at the weekend but he does not want to go there even if a fee is agreed and is keen for Liverpool to maintain interest. (Daily Mail)

Don’t get me wrong. My headline is not meant to be in any way disrespectful to the West Ham forward, the Juventus battler and the Boro keeper. Carlton Cole has in fact improved greatly over the past 18 months, he is however still just a decent forward and by no means a good one. Roy Hodgson is trying to line up further attacking options so as to take the burden off Fernando Torres, but would a move for Carlton Cole do that?

Christian Poulsen is one of those players who does the easy things in a calm and collected manner however he is no Javier Mascherano. Liverpool fans will not be pleased about seeing a world class performer replaced by a decent, and nothing more, but I guess the point is, he is cheap.

Until any takeover becomes a done deal the Americans are going to keep a tight rein on spending and any exits will not instantly result in funds to reinvest and that is a problem that Hodgson was no doubt fully aware of when he took the job.

The move for Brad Jones is perhaps the most confusing. Clearly the Anfield boss is just looking for cover for Pepe Reina but does that mean opting for an average 28 year old who plies his trade in the Championship? A player who in ten years at the club has only started 57 matches?

Are Liverpool fans at all excited about any of these potential additions?

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