It’s January, which means there’s always going to be transfer speculation, both incoming and outgoing, that we have to analyse and then provide our opinion on.
This month, virtually every rumoured arrival we’ve seen has been based on very little.
TMW, not a site we hold in particularly high regard, are claiming an exclusive that Red Bull Salzburg forward Munas Dabbur is edging ‘closer and closer’ to Liverpool, as the club decide whether to sanction a €25m deal for the 26-year-old Israeli.
Dabbur scored 29 goals last season and is on 20 this term already, including ten in the Champions League qualifying stages and Europa League combined – which has made him an attractive proposition for many sides on the continent.
Liverpool sold Dom Solanke a few weeks ago, while Divock Origi is likely to depart come the summer, if not earlier should a club put in an acceptable bid; and Daniel Sturridge is not the player he used to be, despite a promising start to the season.
We do need to strengthen our striking options, but it’s likely a job at the end of this term and not one for January.
The idea that a £22m transfer is imminent is simply bogus.
We would say Dabbur would be an interesting prospect due to his goals, but he’s already 26 and has never played in a competitive league. The boat for him to make it as an elite striker has probably sailed.