Liverpool linked with £10m Defoe bid
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is being earmarked by Liverpool as their January signing to add firepower to the forward line, according to The Daily Mail.
The Reds are without Luis Suarez, who is in the midst of an eight-game ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. Liverpool have struggled for goals this season and with Andy Carroll out of form, Kenny Dalglish feels his side need some new strikers. The Reds are prepared to offer Spurs £10m for the England international, who has struggled to nail down a regular starting place at White Hart Lane.
Defoe is unsettled at the lack of starts and could be open to a regular place at Anfield, which could enhance his chances of making the Euro 2012 squad with England this summer. The Spurs striker is a proven goalscorer and has notched seven goals in 15 games so far this season, despite the lack of regularity in his first-team performances. Dalglish is a big fan of Defoe and with Harry Redknapp looking at signing Marseille striker Loic Remy, Defoe’s move to Anfield could be sealed.
Another option for Liverpool is Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente. The 26 year old Spaniard has seen his reputation grow in La Liga and has made his way into the Spanish national side on merit from some impressive performances. Llorente would cost around £15m and Liverpool players Pepe Reina and Maxi Rodriguez have praised Llorente to the Liverpool hierarchy. The Bilbao forward has the similar height to Andy Carroll, but scores more goals and could form a potent partnership with Luis Suarez when the Uruguayan returns.
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