Liverpool Line Up Surprise £23m Bid for South American Winger

Anfield side hope to land young Colombian.

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Liverpool look set to challenge Manchester Utd for the prized signature of the highly touted Porto star James Rodriguez

The highly touted winger has been subjected of sustained interest from Man Utd, with the former Premier League champions reported to be lining up a £20 million bid for the 20 year old.

It would appear now that they will have a fight on their hands if they are to land Rodriguez’s signature with Liverpool rumored to be lining up their own bid for the winger, which is to be believed to be around the £23 million mark.

Rodriguez has already openly admitted that he is interested in a move to the Premier League. His agent, Silvio Sandri has also suggested a move is on the cards.

SOURCE: Sports News Ireland

James Rodriguez has begun to receive a great deal of attention of late, attention that the player’s agent has done nothing to quell, which must make FC Porto very angry. The 20 year old Colombian international made a real splash last term, netting 12 goals in 22 league games as his side overcame a resilient Benfica side to clinch the Portuguese title.

Brendan Rodgers may well feel the need to improve on the players he currently has in his armoury in regards to wide players. Though both Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing made it into Roy Hodgson’s England Euro 2012 squad, neither impressed last term and Rodriguez offers a very real improvement and can play on either wing.

The speedy winger won’t come cheap though and Man United are also in the running to snap up the South American and a lot could depend on just how much Rodgers is handed to invest in his squad. Given that Kenny Dalglish spent upwards of £120m on new additions and saw Liverpool move further off the top four pace it is possible that the Northern Irishman may have to work off a reduced budget.

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