Jürgen Klopp reportedly has a new January transfer target in mind as he continues to consider attacking reinforcements…
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp‘s recent comments about potentially adding to his forward line in January have unsurprisingly seen the rumour mills spark back into life.
In addition to being credited with a continued interest in Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic, the Reds were strongly linked with a move for FC Rostov forward Sardar Azmoun last week.
Now, if the Liverpool ECHO and others are correct, Dutch international wideman Quincy Promes has also emerged as a potential new recruit.
Klopp’s desire to bolster his attack is in response to Danny Ings’ season-ending knee injury and the impending departure of Sadio Mané to the Africa Cup of Nations.
Promes has netted an impressive 36 goals in 71 appearances for current club Spartak Moscow, finishing each of the past two seasons as the team’s top scorer.
The 24-year-old had previously scored 11 goals in 34 appearances for FC Twente before swapping the Eredivisie for the Russian Premier League in a surprise ?15million deal in August 2014.
Adept at playing across the forward line and in midfield, much like Dutch colleague and current Liverpool player Georginio Wijnaldum, Promes has 16 senior caps to his name.
The Amsterdam native is described as having good ‘pace and technical abilities’ by the Daily Mirror, who also laud his penchant for mixing things up and both staying wide to deliver crosses and cutting inside to shoot and link-up play.
One stumbling block in any pursuit of Promes is likely to be the fact he’s only just signed a new contract and is now committed to Spartak until 2021.
The Echo speculate it will therefore take around £25million to persuade the Russians to do business.
I’m on record as stating a preference for giving existing squad and youth team players a chance come January, as opposed to making a stop-gap signing, but Promes is definitely a talent who could be worth pursuing. I remember watching him play for Twente when Steve McLaren was still in charge and since moving abroad his game has improved and developed immeasurably. However, I would be reticent to outlay £25million on someone who is unlikely to command a regular place once Mané returns. Also, with Daniel Sturridge waiting in the wings and the likes of Wijnaldum, Adam Lallana, James Milner and Marko Grujić able to play further forward, I genuinely feel we are well stocked for attacking midfielders. I can understand the argument regarding a desire to replace Mané’s pace and width but if the situation called for it we could always play Alberto Moreno – at least it would keep him away from his own box!
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