Liverpool Transfers: Rating Desirability of 5 Latest Players Linked to the Reds

Mark JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2013

Liverpool Transfers: Rating Desirability of 5 Latest Players Linked to the Reds

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    The opening of the transfer window always brings with it a vast array of rumours, many of which prove to have little or no merit.

    As a club with an obvious need for reinforcements and the advantage of playing in the money-spinning Premier League, Liverpool are always going to be at the forefront of these rumours and stories, many of which prove to be completely false.

    But what of the rumours which do have some credibility? Just how suitable will some of those players be to Brendan Rodgers and his team?

    Here we look at five players recently linked with the Reds and ask just how much Liverpool actually need them.

Kevin Gameiro (Paris Saint-Germain)

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    Source: The Times

    The arrival of Daniel Sturridge has solved Liverpool’s goalscoring issues somewhat, but a look around at most of the top teams in the Premier League would show that the more attacking reinforcements you have, the better.

    French forward Gameiro is PSG’s second top scorer behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic this season, but the 25-year-old has made just three league starts in a total of 12 Ligue 1 appearances in his second campaign in the French capital since a move from Lorient.

    A loan deal with a view to a permanent move has been mentioned, and the eight-times capped international would add quality to the Reds ranks if a move could be concluded.

    That remains a big ‘if’ though.

    Desirability Rating: 4/5

Thomas Ince (Blackpool)

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    Source: Daily Mirror

    Ince is still the most likely to follow Sturridge through the same Anfield revolving doors that he exited 18 months ago, and the importance that Liverpool have attached to the deal certainly makes you think that he would be a key addition for Rodgers.

    Issues with Ince’s current club, Blackpool, certainly have held things up though, and the move now depends on just how determined Rodgers and the Reds are to bring the winger back to the club where he came through the youth ranks.

    Goals and creative talents are certainly needed on the flanks at Anfield, and Ince would be able to bring both.

    This is a deal which looks more and more vital the longer it drags on without being completed.

    Desirability Rating: 4/5

Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan)

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    Source: Daily Mail

    It should be abundantly clear to anyone who is aware of the buying policy put in place by Fenway Sports Group and Liverpool that a move for a 28-year-old Dutch international who has been in a contractual dispute with his club all season should be pretty unlikely.

    However, should Nuri Sahin be shipped back to Real Madrid following the end of his loan spell—or even before it ends―there will be a vacancy for a stylish midfielder in the Reds squad.

    Experience in the ranks would be greatly welcomed by supporters, but a move for Sneijder looks increasingly unlikely the longer you think about it. 

    Although it is a nice thought, it can probably be discounted entirely.

    Desirability Rating: 2/5

Josip Iličić (Palermo)

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    Source: Sky Sports

    Unlike Sneijder, the Slovenian Iličić would seem to fit many of the profiles that FSG have set out for the club―despite the fact that he turns 25 later this month.

    The Palermo midfielder has caught the eye in Serie A, as well as becoming a regular for his national team after the past couple of years, with the Javier Pastore-sized hole in his side’s midfield not proving too big of a gap for him to fill.

    Of course, Liverpool are well stocked in midfield and look like they will be for some time yet, so signing Iličić isn’t likely to be a priority.

    Desirability Rating: 2/5

Nicolas Isimat-Mirin (Valenciennes)

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    Source: Daily Mail

    The Reds aren’t just being forward thinking during January, as they are also considering options at the back too, with the 21-year-old Isimat-Mirin reportedly at the front of their thoughts.

    The central defender has impressed in a Valenciennes team that has exceeded expectations this season, and with doubts raised over the future of Sebastian Coates, a move for the French under-21 international could make sense.

    Other clubs are believed to be interested in the youngster, but if the Reds can get to the front of the queue, they could be bringing in valuable cover for Daniel Agger, Martin Škrtel and Jamie Carragher.

    Desirability Rating: 3/5