Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Reds Must Find Way to Land David Villa

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIIJanuary 8, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 05:  David Villa of FC Barcelona shoots towards goal during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between FC Barcelona and SL Benfica at Nou Camp on December 5, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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David Villa may be on his way to the Premier League, with Liverpool and Manchester City looking like they could both land the Spanish striker.

The Reds want Villa bad, and they are willing to pay for the 31-year-old (per The Guardian).

The word on the grapevine is that Barcelona striker David Villa could be on his way to the Premier League, although his final destination remains unclear. Yesterday's Sunday People reckons he could be on his way to Manchester City to replace Sergio Agüero, who has been unsettled by dressing room unrest, his side's exit from the Champions League, and thinly veiled criticism from a manager who has publicly denounced his strikers for not scoring enough goals. Spanish newspaper AS say Villa could be on his way to Liverpool, reporting that the Anfield club would be prepared to pay £10m for the Spain international.

£10 million?!

It's true. According to The International Business Times, Barcelona may be asking for as much as £12 million for the star (which makes the £10 million offer seem reasonable).

With Southampton likely to outbid Liverpool for Cagliari defender Davide Astori (per IB Times), the team seems desperate to make a big splash, and landing the hero of the 2010 World Cup would be a big move indeed.

Villa would provide a huge boost for the team offensively. Liverpool have scored 34 goals on the season, which isn't bad, but is far from elite. Manchester United have scored 20 more goals on the season, but Villa could help the team close the gap.

Villa, who has scored five goals in 13 games in La Liga this season, is returning from a broken leg and has been used sparingly this season.

Manager Brendan Rodgers knows the risk of bringing in an aging striker who is coming off a serious injury, but Liverpool need to improve their attacking options, and Villa could be a viable option.

We've seen Liverpool make mistakes with expensive transfers before (thank you, Andy Carroll), but desperate times call for desperate measures—and the Reds attacking situation is desperate!

Liverpool need to find a way to bring Villa into the mix. An experienced striker like him could provide help both on and off the pitch, and the Reds need to land him even if it means playing another £2 million to match Barcelona's £12 million demand.