Ryad Boudebouz has claimed that he is currently in talks with Liverpool. The highly-rated winger is supposedly unhappy with how Sochaux has placed this season (14th in Ligue 1) and is looking for a way out and apparently the Reds are one of the many clubs interested in the Algerian.
The 22-year-old footballer can play through the middle or on the wings, which would add more depth and versatility to Liverpool.
Boudebouz had this to say (h/t IBTimes.com):
"Certainly, my agent is in talks with some clubs, particularly in France, but there is still nothing concrete. There is also Liverpool, who have initiated discussions with my agent, but at the risk of repeating myself, everything is in the discussion stage, no more."
With Liverpool in need of some attacking flair—Stewart Downing's all-too familiar zero goals and assists, the out-of-favor Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez, the aging Craig Bellamy and with Jordan Henderson playing on the right side, Boudebouz seems to be a good bargain purchase for the Reds. He could add some flair and stability on the wings that was missing last season.
Not only would the 2010 Young African Player Of The Year be cheap, he would be one of the first purchases not part of the British talent that are still considered flops of the season.
Although Liverpool is currently missing (and in need of) a director of football and a manager, the Algerian international seems unfazed by the lack of staff. Liverpool seems unfazed too, aggressively pursuing the winger, according to Boudebouz himself.
Boudebouz appeared in all 36 games for Sochaux and scored six goals and provided six assists in league competition. Compared to the 27-year-old Downing (just to make a point), the Algerian seems all the better candidate. With 61 shots on goal, he's been able to score six times whereas Downing has had 72 shots with nothing to show for it (although he hasn't been abysmal this season).
Lyon, Lille and Marseilles are reportedly interested in Boudebouz and the Reds should do something to snap up this young, talented and cheap winger.
After all, what have the Reds got to lose?
Liverpool can only go up next season, as Fenway Sports Group are rebuilding the club, a new manager will be named, Jamie Carragher will be one step closer to retirement and Lucas, who was sorely missed after his season-ending injury, will be fit again to boss the midfield.
This summer transfer window will be very, very interesting for Liverpool no matter which way you look at it.