Sunday, January 25, 2009

Liverpool Set To Hijack Everton's Bid

Liverpool are considering making a move for Werder Bremen striker Hugo Almeida, who is a target for their local Premier League rivals Everton, according to The Mirror.

It is well documented that Toffees boss David Moyes is keen to recruit a striker to Goodison Park this month, with long-term injuries to Yakubu and James Vaughan along with summer signing Louis Saha’s persistent hamstring problems leaving Moyes short of options upfront at the Merseyside club.

However, due to financial constraints at Everton, Moyes has little to spend in the transfer window and is hoping to land 24-year-old Almeida on a loan-deal, with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

Now Reds boss Rafa Benitez is understood to be ready to hijack Everton’s bid to bring Almeida to the Premiership, by launching his own bid for the former Porto player, who revealed recently that he was “open to offers” and dreamed of playing in England.

Should Benitez beat Moyes to the signature of Almeida then it is believed that the Everton boss could turn his attention to former Chelsea forward Eidur Gudjohnsen, who is now at La Liga pacesetters Barcelona.

One thing that could count in Moyes’ favour though is Almeida’s friendship with Toffees defender Nuno Valente, who Almeida has been in contact with regarding any move to Everton, which could make all the difference to Everton’s chances of beating their Merseyside rivals to the striker.

Almeida has been at Bremen since joining from Porto in 2006 and has scored 17 goals in 57 Bundesliga appearances and has been capped by Portugal 14 times.

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