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Liverpool Set To Seal Transfer For Rennes Attacking Midfielder

Damien Comolli’s influence at Anfield is evidently growing.

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Liverpool have a keen interest in Sylvain Marveaux, whose contract at Stade Rennais will end at the end of the season.

Rennes midfielder Marveaux is currently out of action with a hamstring complaint that is set to sideline him until January, but is usually the first name on the teamsheet. Out of contract next June, the 24 year old attacking midfielder has in effect rejected all offers to extend his deal at the Stade Rennais, where he had his footballing education.

In less than one month (from 1 January), Marveaux will be free to choose his future destination, as did former teammate Moussa Sow, at the same time last season for Lille. Wanted last summer by several French clubs like PSG, Marseille and Monaco after a wonderful year 2009-2010 (10 goals in 35 matches L1), Sylvain Marveaux just received some welcome news: Liverpool have recently looked at his case.

Frenchman Damien Comolli is the new director of football for the Reds, and it is he who initiated this and moved closer to the player’s entourage. The English club has promised to provide a concrete proposal in early 2011 to validate definitively the month of June.

These approaches could also push the Stade Rennais to consider letting the youngest Marveaux go (Joris his big brother, four years his senior, is moving to Montpellier) in the winter transfer window to earn a small fee.

Liverpool though already seem to have many arguments up their sleeve to tip the case in their favour. (France Football)

Liverpool’s left hand side has been a problem area for a while now.

When was the last time a top class winger patrolled the left flank at Anfield?

I’m not sure that Luis Garcia counts as a winger, so perhaps Patrik Berger? John Barnes even?

Whether Sylvain Marveaux could reignite the threat on the Liverpool left is as yet unknown, but one thing is for certain: he had a very encouraging season indeed in 2009-2010.

Ten goals in 35 Ligue 1 matches is an exceptional tally for an attacking midfielder, and would lift some of the scoring burden from Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

If he could also be brought in either on the cheap or for free, that would make his signing even more worthwhile – and it appears that Damien Comolli’s work in the transfer market is proving useful for Roy Hodgson.


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