Liverpool to Win Battle For Ajax Striker Luis Suarez

Uruguay forward on his way to Anfield, according to the Daily Mail.

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Liverpool could pip Spurs to the signing of Ajax striker and captain Luis Suarez, who looks set to leave the club in January.

The Uruguayan international is said to be disappointed at manager Martin Jol’s departure from the club on Monday following a poor run of form.

And Suarez, 23, has now instructed his agent to instigate talks with Ajax bosses over engineering a move away – possibly as soon as the January transfer window – according to reports in the Netherlands.

Spurs were linked with Suarez – who impressed at the World Cup in South Africa – in the summer, but a move never came to fruition.

Arsenal were also said to be interested, although Arsene Wenger has ruled out raiding the transfer market this winter.

But it appears Suarez favours a move to Anfield, where manager Roy Hodgson is desperate to add to his options up front.

The former Fulham boss has been eyeing up several options to play alongside star man Fernando Torres, and Suarez’s movement – and his ability to play off an out-and-out striker – mark him out as a definite option.

Given his desire to leave, Hodgson is hopeful of securing the South American’s signature for a bargain price of £9million – especially as the post-World Cup hype surrounding him now appears to have died down. (Metro)

Luis Suarez represents everything that Fenway Sports Group (formerly NESV) look for in a player.

At the age of 23, his peak years are ahead of him, and his record of 81 goals in 108 appearances for Ajax cannot be frowned at.

Although prolific scorers in the Netherlands haven’t always been quite so free-scoring in the Premier League – see Mateja Kezman and Dirk Kuyt – Suarez has done well in both the World Cup and UEFA Champions League, and the Metro’s suggested figure of £9m would be a wonderful bargain for Liverpool.

Especially in a world where Carlton Cole is worth £12m.

Still, it seems highly unlikely.

Suarez is currently serving a seven match ban for biting PSV Eindhoven player Otman Bakkal, meaning he will not be able to play for his club before January. This may be what has reduced the price of the Uruguay international, who has 16 goals in 38 games for his country, while the financial struggles of Ajax may also have had an effect.

While Liverpool owner John W Henry has previously indicated that he sees next summer rather than January as the time to invest in the team, Damien Comolli’s recent comments signal a change of approach for the Reds.

“My feeling about it is that in this economic recession there are so many clubs that are in trouble abroad, more than England,” said Comolli.

“These clubs are under enormous pressure to sell. So this January window could be a very different window from what we have seen previously.

“Players that we would never have thought would be available could be. So that’s why we are working away, thinking that if there is the right opportunity we should do it. Strange things could happen.”

£9m for Luis Suarez would certainly fall into that category.

Given that he was supposed to be available at no less than £30m in the summer though, it does seem improbable to say the least.

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