Loic Remy had flown out to join the Liverpool squad in America, a fee had been all-but agreed for the player with Queens Park Rangers, but the deal has since fallen through. Reports suggest that the French international failed his medical examination at the club, resulting in Brendan Rogers pulling out of the race to sign him at the very last moment.
Time is rapidly running out in this summer’s transfer window as we head towards August, but the Reds have financial firepower enough to re-enter into the market for another striker. The following are 5 Premier League players who they might think about bidding for now that the Remy deal has been written off:
1) Wilfried Bony
The Reds have been linked with the Swansea City man for much of the summer, and Garry Monk has already warned Brendan Rogers away post-Loic Remy. However, Bony has proven himself as more than capable at Premier League level, and could favour a move to a Champion’s League competing side personally. For Rogers, Bony’s success would be entirely dependent upon the partnership he strikes up with Daniel Sturridge – but if those two hit it off, then Liverpool will be firing.
2) Jay Rodriguez
Liverpool have already raided Southampton three times this summer, so why not four? Rodriguez has not featured as heavily in the media over the past few weeks, but had he have entered into this transfer window with full fitness, then it is almost certain that he would have been as highly sought-after as everybody else on the south coast. The striker scored 15 goals last season, despite having his campaign shortened through injury – he’s prolific, and he could be perfect for Liverpool.
3) Fernando Torres
It would be a hugely controversial move, but might it just make sense? Fernando Torres was a world beater for Liverpool before he joined Chelsea, but he has never managed to scale comparable heights at the Stamford Bridge side. It has already been suggested that the Spaniard could be available for as little as £15 million this year, which would represent a £35 million profit for the Reds seeing as they sold him for £50 million in 2011. It is unlikely that Torres will ever be as good as he once was, but playing in the Liverpool shirt might just bring the best out of him again.
4) Javier Hernandez
Another player who would be steeped in controversy should he switch his current club for Liverpool, Manchester United’s Hernandez could represent an expedient bargain for Brendan Rogers. The Mexican international has proven himself effective in the Premier League time and time again, but he always seems to be operating as third or fourth choice at United. Perhaps, with a move to Liverpool, the one-time Premier League champions can be shown the error they have made regarding Chicharito.
5) Connor Wickham
Finally, it might do to cast attention a little further down the Premier League table as well. Liverpool were involved in the race to sign Connor Wickham from Ipswich in 2011, but lost out to Sunderland eventually. Since then, the forward has taken a little time to announce himself onto the Premier League stage, but he did so with aplomb toward the back end of last season. He is still just 21 years old, and could become a star of the future should Liverpool become interested in him this year.
Besides Wilfried Bony, these are not names to which Liverpool have been especially linked so far this summer. However, all five have proven their quality in the Premier League, much like Loic Remy had. As Anfield looks to welcome in another new era on Merseyside, the Premier League could prove a prime picking ground when it comes to attacking talent.