After missing out on Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, Liverpool are thought to be seriously considering a move for Victor Valdes…
Liverpool, despite losing their star player Luis Suarez, are widely regarded to have had an excellent summer 2014 transfer window.
No fewer than nine major additions were made at a cost of around £120m and the squad now has a much greater strength in depth.
One area where that is perhaps less true though is the goalkeeping department.
Current No.1 Simon Mignolet is generally regarded to have had a solid if unspectacular debut season last term but there remains little in the way of serious competition for his place.
After selling experienced Spaniard Pepe Reina to Bayern Munich last month, the Reds are primarily left with Brad Jones, who has made just eight Premier League appearances in four years at Anfield.
The only other option with first team exposure, albeit in the form of pre-season friendlies only, is Welsh youngster Danny Ward.
Such a lack of proven resources led to speculation that Kop boss Brendan Rodgers would purchase another shot stopper before Monday night’s deadline.
The fact he didn’t doesn’t appear to be down to a lack of effort after it emerged yesterday that new Queens Park Rangers keeper Alex McCarthy turned down a move to the Merseysiders.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the 24-year-old revealed: “At this moment in time, I think I made the right decsion.
“Obviously Liverpool historically are a massive club, but I wanted to go with QPR. I feel like I’m going to play more here and that was the reason.
“The first thing is to get back playing again and put myself in the position to get put forward for England.
“I want to be at the top for as many years as can, like Rob Green [current QPR No.1]. He’s had an unbelievable career and is still playing now. He’s in great shape. I want to follow in those footsteps.”
McCarthy’s snub and the closing of the transfer window might not be the end of this particular story however.
High-profile, former Barcelona goalie Victor Valdes is currently available on a free transfer after his contract with the Catalans expired.
Such unattached players can move outside of the window and, according to many within the UK media, both parties are interested in striking a deal.
The likes of the Daily Express, Daily Mail and Metro even go as far as to claim personal terms have already been agreed on a short-term contract.
The one potential stumbling block appears to be the 32-year-old’s fitness after he tore his Anterior cruciate ligament back in March.
Valdes is thought to be around a month away from a full recovery so a medical will have to wait for the time being.
All being well though, the Spanish international could be unveiled as a Liverpool player sometime in October.
During his time at Barca, Valdes made over 500 appearances and won no fewer than 21 major trophies, including six La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns.
Valdes would represent a very astute signing who will provide increased competition for places between the sticks. Although the indications are good, Liverpool fans shouldn’t take the signing for granted just yet though as there is likely to be plenty of other interest in such an established commodity. Valdes may have been prone to the odd error in his time but quite frankly what keeper hasn’t? Personally I really like Mignolet but bringing in Valdes can only be a good thing for all concerned.
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