Liverpool Close In On £7m French Winger For January Transfer Window

There could be an exciting player on the flanks at Anfield. No, not Milan Jovanovic.

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Liverpool are closing on a £7million deal for Real Sociedad’s highly-rated winger Antoine Griezmann as director of football strategy Damien Comolli says the club is ready to finance world class signings in January.

Sportsmail revealed last month that Comolli was keen on Griezmann after trying to sign him for St Etienne.

The 19-year-old was born in France but picked up by Sociedad in 2005 and has shown great promise in La Liga with Manchester United and Arsenal also showing interest.

However, Comolli looks to have beaten them to the punch as he looks to help strengthen Liverpool with the investment from New England Sports Ventures.

Comolli said: ‘We have identified targets. If there’s a possibility of us getting a world-class player, we will have the backing. John (Henry) and Tom (Werner) want to win – and you win with top players.’ (Daily Mail)

Antoine Griezmann isn’t world class yet – but he could be.

He only really burst onto the scene for Real Sociedad last year, but now has made fifty appearances for the Basque club, with nine goals to his name. The 19 year-old is an exciting dribbler with lightning pace and technical ability, and would fit Liverpool’s needs perfectly.

With his transfer fee only likely to increase the longer Liverpool wait as more clubs realise his talent, a January move could be an excellent move for Roy Hodgson’s side, and Damien Comolli is beginning to show precisely why John W Henry and NESV hired him.

Griezmann also has an innovative approach to celebrations:

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