Liverpool Transfer Rumors : Jelavic, Granero Rumors Gathering Pace

Kaustav BoseCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2012

Jelavic is rumored to be a target of Liverpool,WBA
Jelavic is rumored to be a target of Liverpool,WBAStu Forster/Getty Images

After the expensive summer acquisitions of Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing following the late January signing of Andy Carroll, Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli may have taken a lot of stick from large sections of the fans already.

However, as the rumors keep gathering pace, among other things Liverpool's intent to buy a striker looks to have surfaced. And if rumors are to be believed, strikers Liverpool are believed to be considering seriously may still not appease many. 

Twitter is really buzzing as it can be imagined to be and almost every player right from Andei Arshavin to Lucas Podolski has been linked. Some even mention Valencia striker Soldado and Higuain.

However, as is unknown to none now, most of these are out of hope rather than real Liverpool targets.

However after being linked with Darren Bent and Luuk De Jong for some time now (as I have already written), both of whom really had a divided opinion from the fans, the Reds are now rumored to be following erstwhile Manchester United target (in his own words), Nikica Jelavic from Rangers. Rangers manager Ally McCoist had omitted Jelavic in their last match against Motherwell and that has fueled rumors even further.

At 26, the Bosnian Croat Jelavic has been in superb form in the Scottish Premier League (SPL) and has scored 28 goals in just 43 matches. Now although the Rangers striker may not be the big-name player that Liverpool fans would be wanting to join the club, going by his skills—albeit by the standards of the SPL—he is a pretty good poacher. He also seems to be pretty athletic and could cost the Reds about £8 million at most and would also be comparatively light weight on the wage bill.

Another late rumor has been a link to Real Madrid player, Esteban Granero, who also is apparently linked to Arsenal, even though Arsene Wenger in a recent press conference had clearly stated he wasn't looking for permanent moves for players this window.

Granero, though it must be said, is not much of a poacher but a more of a attacking midfielder or a deep-lying striker. His stats at Real Madrid say four goals from 53 matches, which really is not much to speak about given Liverpool's need to sign a genuine striker as stated above. In fairness to Granero, he hasn't been given too much of a chance to start matches really and could look to move on quite understandably.

Now, a few important things need to be mentioned here in reference to Liverpool's links to lesser-named players. I personally think after such a summer spending spree, Liverpool's links to both Luuk De Jong and now Jelavic look more credible than any big-name signing.

The reasons for this I believe are firstly that, bar one game this season (against Tottenham away), Liverpool have never quite looked a bad team on most occasions and all they have found wanting on most cases is a finisher—sometimes like against Swansea and Norwich, just a tap-in expert. At least so far, the Reds have not really looked so out of depth to really tempt them go for big names signing at this time of the season when paying an additional premium is almost a must.

Only if Liverpool had converted their penalties and converted some sitters, they could be comfortably fourth by now, and it is not rocket science to understand that converting penalties and sitters don't require acquisitions of world-class talents, given that they can hire some of them even in the summer when they could be better placed with Champions League football to offer.

Added to that could be the reluctance from the players themselves because of the fast-approaching Euro 2012. Lucas Podolski's reluctance to move to Arsenal could be an instance of this.Unless the club goes for overrated or work-in-progress English players like they did with Andy Carroll.

Under such circumstances, Liverpool are quite rightly looking for possibly bargain signings for about £10 million at most which could just address their problems. Also, the club may well be weighing up a move for Porto player Fernando Reges as reported by many dailies, which could be an expensive affair.