Anfield manager interested in Croatian international.
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Liverpool are reportedly interested in making a move for Bayern Munich striker Ivica Olic. The hugely experienced Croatian international has found it increasingly difficult to force his way into Louis Van Gaal’s first team picture even though last season 19 goals helped the Bavarian club to a Bundesliga title and a Champions League Final berth.
The 31 year old is clearly in the latter stages of his career but still has a great deal to offer and would be available at a much cheaper price than Mario Gomez who had previously been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool. The German international has gone on to have a terrific start to the season at the Allianz Arena where he has become a regular starter and has netted ten goals already.
Ivica Olic has been a very consistent marksman during his time in Germany with both Bayern and Hamburg and was also huge success in Russia with CSKA Moscow and may well be ready for a new challenge and at his age the Croat will not want to be wasting time bench warming waiting for his colleagues to get injured or suspended so that he can make an impact this has led to the striker being handed just three Bundesliga starts this season.
Rafa Benitez was said to have been interested in signing the powerfully built striker back in 2008 and Hodgson seems similarly interested. The Anfield manager has stated his hopeful intentions to bring in five or six players in January and adding a further attacking threat would have to be very high up on his priority list.
Olic is thought to be valued at around £8m and Bayern Munich would more than likely not put up much of a fight if they felt that the player wanted to leave. Louis Van Gaal has a host of attacking options, many of whom are significantly younger that Ivica and therefore his chances of forcing a way back into a regular starting spot seem problematic.