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Liverpool Hope To Seal Late Deal For Uruguayan Striker

FC Groningen ace may be only major arrival at Anfield.

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Liverpool are still in the running for FC Groningen striker David Texeira, having opened talks with the Dutch club earlier this week.

The Reds have failed to score in almost a third of their Premier League games this season, and a striker has to be considered the priority if they are going to finish in the top four and qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Texeira only transferred to FC Groningen in August 2011, but has already scored eight goals in 14 matches.

He is widely tipped to have a bright future in the game, and Liverpool are keen to benefit from his services.

Interestingly from Liverpool’s point of view, the Uruguayan striker plays for the same club that their talisman Luis Suarez played for before he moved to Ajax.

With Suarez, Liverpool waited until he had a successful spell at a bigger club in the Eredivisie before making their move.

Should they cut out the middle man (club?) and sign Texeira before he turns into a world beater and his price inflates?

Or is gambling any money at all on an unproven player too big a risk to take?

Liverpool are reportedly hoping to agree a fee with Groningen for around £8m, though the Dutch club are thought to be reluctant to do business for less than £10m.

The answer could be Liverpool’s offer of a lucrative friendly match with Groningen, with the gate receipts making up something of a compromise figure.

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