Premier League trio in tantalising transfer merry-go-round
Liverpool, 9/2 to be top northwest club this term, are still searching for a striking superstar to replace the departed Luis Suarez, and could look to lure former Chelsea forward Samuel Eto’o to Anfield on a free transfer.
Eto’o, 33, is reported to have high wage demands, but the lack of fee required may convince Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to opt for the proven poacher, as he attempts to boost his offensive options for the new season.
Rodgers is blessed with an abundance of attacking midfielders, but has only Daniel Sturridge, Rickie Lambert, and the potentially Sunderland-bound Fabio Borini at his disposal up front.
Experienced Eto’o, who netted nine times in 21 Premier League appearances last term, would be an ideal back up for Sturridge, and has already shown during Champions League winning stints at Barcelona and Inter Milan that he can be versatile and hard working.
Liverpool have already seen a transfer for QPR and France forward Loic Remy collapse, apparently due to a failed medical, and were seemingly rebuffed by Ligue 1 giants Monaco over a move for Radamel Falcao.
London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham, meanwhile, are set to battle it out for the services of Remy, who had appeared likely to stay with QPR, following his Anfield disappointment.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has already splashed significant funds on a striker this summer, after adding Spain international Diego Costa to the ranks at Stamford Bridge. However, Everton swooped to secure the west London club’s young Belgian backup, Romelu Lukaku, leaving ‘the Special One’ thin on forwards.
Chelsea legend Didier Drogba returned to the fold from Galatasaray to help plug the gaps, but suffered an ankle injury during a friendly with Ferencvaros, potentially leaving Mourinho in the hunt for another new acquisition.
Adaptable Remy, 27, is reported to be top of the controversial Portuguese coach’s list, but new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino could steal in to spoil the party with an offer of more first-team chances.
Freshly-promoted QPR are believed to be unhappy at the prospect of selling this late into the window, but Spurs could sweeten any deal by offering 21-year-old poacher Harry Kane and England winger Andros Townsend in exchange. QPR coach Harry Redknapp should be aware of both players’ talents after working at White Hart Lane from 2008 to 2012, and may be tempted to reunite with the duo.
Remy, who netted 14 times for loan club Newcastle United last campaign, has been consistently linked with a move away from Loftus road, with apparent Arsenal interest and a return to the Magpies also mooted.
Redknapp, 9/2 to lead QPR to a top 10 finish this term, has insisted he is keen to keep Remy, though. Speaking ahead of his side’s Premier League kick off against Hull City, he revealed: “He’s here, he wants to work and get in the team.”
“He’s worked really hard on the training ground, I couldn’t have asked for any more from him. He’s trained great and his attitude’s been first class.”