Liverpool news – Reds target Victorien, Smith backs Downing, Jovanovic Saudi link

Reds target Victorien.

Liverpool are interested in signing teenage striker Angban Bekanty Victorien, according to the president of Victorien’s club Stade d’Abidjan.

Sky Sports reports that the 16 year old’s services are of interest to Reds manager Kenny Dalglish and various reports in Ivory Coast claim that a fee has already been agreed. Stade d’Abidjan president Abi Koffi Richmond has denied rumours of a fee being agreed, but knows there is definite interest.

Richmond said: ‘Liverpool has not agreed anything with me yet, I have nothing written. They are a great club and respected club, I do not need to tell them how to do their work. I have contact from them through some agents, but they are not the only club interested in the boy.’

Victorien was a star at the under 17 World Cup for the Ivory Coast and could be one of three young Ivorians moving to the Premier League. Souleymane Coulibaly has made his switch to Tottenham and Diarrassouba Drissa is reportedly preparing for a trial at Stoke City.

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Smith backs Downing.

Reds legend Tommy Smith believes that new signing Stewart Downing will prove to be worth every penny of his £20m transfer fee, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The 26 year old Downing is set to pull on a Reds shirt for the first time in Saturday’s friendly against Hull City at the KC Stadium and was atop of Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish’s season transfer list. Downing brings the quality on the wings that the Reds have missed since Steve McManaman’s departure to Real Madrid 12 years ago and Smith believes that he will become a star for the Reds.

Smith, who made 467 league appearances with the Reds, said: ‘I’m delighted we’ve got Downing. He impressed me when I saw him last season. He creates and scores goals and the fact that he’s forced his way into the England set-up shows how much he has improved.’

Jovanovic Saudi link.

Milan Jovanovic could be offered an exit route out of Anfield to Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab Riyadh, the Daily Mail reports.

The Liverpool forward joined the Reds on a free transfer from Belgian club Standard Liege last season, but failed to impress in his spell on Merseyside. It was widely expected that he would return back to Belgium with Anderlecht, but the interest of the Saudi Arabian side could turn the 30-year-old’s head.

Jovanovic would be able to keep his current £60,000 a week wages if he moved to Riyadh and could link up with former Standard Liege manager Michel Preud’homme. Anderlecht believed they had the signing of the 30 year old agreed and dealt with, after another interested party in French champions Lille removed their interest, but Riyadh could have jeopardised the Anderlecht deal.

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