Ghana striker ASAMOAH GYAN (3) preens like a proud peacock after scoring a cracker jack goal to dash the dreams of the United States in the Round of Sixteen at the 2010 World Cup from the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Europe)
FC Liverpool and new coach ROY HODGSON have apparently targeted Ghana World Cup striker ASAMOAH GYAN of French club AS Stade Rennes for transfer to Anfield and the Premier League in England.
The asking price for Gyan, who led Ghana with three goals at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and finished among the top scorers for the tournament, as well, is said to be 20 million English pounds.
Gyan, who scored a respectable 8 goals in 25 Serie A matches for Udinese as a 21-year-old during the 2006-07 Italian campaign, netted 13 goals in 29 Ligue 1 games for French club AS Stade Rennes last term. The 24-year-old striker rebounded well from a disastrous first season in France after being sold by Udinese to Rennes for a reported 8 million Euros in the summer of 2008.
Gyan scored an outstanding goal for Ghana in extra time to defeat the United States in the World Cup Round of Sixteen at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa; the Ghanaian attacker, however, will always be remembered for his penalty kick very late in extra time that rattled off the crossbar against Uruguay in his country’s quarterfinal loss.
Liverpool are, of course, in debt to the Bank of Scotland in the neighborhood of around 240 million English pounds; the Reds recently sold Israel international midfielder YOSSI BENAYOUN to FC Chelsea for a reported 5.5 million English pounds.
Brazilian midfielder LUCAS LEIVA as another who could be on his way, as well, soon at Anfield and bring about some revenue for the Reds.
“We made a first offer to Liverpool for Lucas,” the sporting director of Italian Serie A side Palermo, Walter Sabbatini, has admitted. “I deny that we have offered 6 million Euros. That is too much.”
The sale of Spanish World Cup striker FERNANDO TORRES to FC Chelsea, who have reportedly offered 50 million English pounds for the world champion, would surely generate some desperately needed cash for Liverpool’s empty coffers.