Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Reds Poised to Sign Wigan's Colombian Contract Rebel

Jake WareCorrespondent IIIAugust 21, 2011

Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli suggested in the immediate days following the club's capture of Spanish defender Jose Enrique that they might be done with their summer transfer activity.

In recent days, however, manager Kenny Dalglish has been saying quite the opposite, and he looks set to back that up with reports suggesting he may be ready to put in a bid for Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega.

According to, negotiations on a new contract have stalled, putting interested suitors, including Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, on high alert. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez may have to sell now rather than risk losing his star striker to a free transfer next summer.

The 26-year-old Colombian joined Wigan from Mexican side Nexaca in January of 2009, and he is entering his third full season with the club. He has scored 22 goals in 89 appearances for The Latics, including an impressive nine league goals last year.

While Liverpool have no immediate need for a striker and their money may be better spent elsewhere, this move could prove to be a smart one by Dalglish. If Dirk Kuyt does indeed move permanently to the wing position, then Liverpool's first options behind Starting XI stars Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll are David N'Gog and Dani Pacheco.

N'Gog has been heavily rumoured to be on the way out at Anfield and Pacheco is young and inexperienced. Adding another proven Premier League scorer to the mix would not at all hurt the Merseyside Club.

Rodallega is expected to cost around £9 million.

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