Reports in today’s Daily Mirror suggested that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is set to redouble his efforts to sign a world class centre forward this summer, even if it means cooling our interest in Memphis Depay.
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According to the source, Rodgers will allow Depay to join Manchester United because he needs all of his transfer kitty to ‘land a big-hitter up front’. If that does prove to be the case, we’re potentially looking at a club record signing.
Rodgers hinted as much this week when he said: “Daniel [Sturridge] has underlying issues that relate to his problems this season. We are liaising with the medics and doing everything we can.”
Without Sturridge, we need some goals from somewhere. So if you had £40-£50m to spend on a new striker, who would you want? In the list below we look at the ten best possible candidates and consider how likely we might be to convince them to come…
10) Luiz Adriano (Shakhtar Donetsk)
The Brazilian might be 28 but he appears to only now be reaching his full potential. He scored 26 goals in all competitions last season and has added 18 more so far in the current campaign, despite playing just 26 games.
9) Carlos Bacca (Sevilla)
The 28-year-old Colombian has fired his side to fourth place and the Europa League semi-finals already this season. His 25 goals in all competitions eclipse the 21 he netted in the previous campaign – an impressive record.