Liverpool Boss Roy Hodgson Takes Trip To Scout Rennes Midfielder

Yann M’Vila on Reds manager’s radar.

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Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson flew to France on Sunday to watch Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila.

M’Vila, 20, set to play against England at on Wednesday, would cost £15m. (Daily Mail)

Hodgson was at Stade de l’Abbé-Deschamps to see Auxerre beat Rennes 2-1, and the away team’s Yann M’Vila is believed to be the man he was watching.

M’Vila is a defensive midfielder, and it is difficult to see where he is needed in Liverpool’s team at present unless the likes of Christian Poulsen and Lucas are put up for sale.

The French international would be an upgrade certainly of the former of those players, but given Liverpool’s financial constraints in the summer transfer window, the Dane was considered a short term solution. This kind of ‘quick fix’ transfer policy is not a method that NESV will continue with.

At 20 years of age, M’Vila fits the bill of exciting young talent, but few defensive midfielders sell for higher than £15m unless Manchester City are involved, and Liverpool would hope to bargain a lower fee.

It is an illustration of Damien Comolli’s influence at Liverpool that the club is considering raiding his old stomping ground of Ligue 1. Comolli is on record as saying he believes M’Vila is the biggest talent in France.

By Hodgson attending the ground himself though, the Reds manager is reinforcing the view that he will have the final say on players, and Comolli will hope that Rennes’ loss does not put Hodgson off.

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