Liverpool Target Jackson Martinez to Sign with FC Porto

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2012

Photo Courtesy of Terra.com
Photo Courtesy of Terra.com

Jackson Martinez, who had been linked with a move to Liverpool this summer, is very close to signing with Portuguese side, FC Porto.

Sky Sports is reporting the 25-year-old striker will make the move official in the next few days. Martinez is quoted as saying to Portuguese paper, O Jogo:

Only small details remain, I understand they are finalising the details in the negotiations between Jaguares and Porto, but it's not a done deal yet.

Those small details take time to resolve, but my part is done, so the most likely thing is that I join FC Porto.

Sooner or later we will be able to say I am a Porto player, but I'm still waiting. I'm eager for this challenge.

I hope everything works out as it would be very good to play for Porto. My idea is to get there and develop even more as a player.

Toward the end of April, it seemed that Martinez would be making a move to Anfield, but the rumor began running out of steam.

He had a very good season for Mexican side Jaguares, scoring 16 goals in 34 league games, adding six assists as well.

Striker is a position where Brendan Rodgers will likely be looking to add a piece or two.

The only experienced strikers in the squad are Craig Bellamy, Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll. Suarez and Bellamy are arguably better on the wings anyway.

For a team that will be playing in the Europa League, it's unreasonable to think the Reds can make it through with only three strikers.