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Liverpool Transfer News: Latest on Son Heung-Min and Fabricio Oya Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2015

HWASUNG, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Son Heung-Min of South Korea reacts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Round 2 - Group G match between South Korea and Laos at Hwaseong on September 3, 2015 in Hwasung, South Korea.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
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New Tottenham Hotspur signing Son Heung-Min reportedly rejected a move to Liverpool.

According to Tom Collomosse of the Evening Standard, "Son’s camp have carefully mapped out his career," and so Tottenham were deemed a better option than the Reds, and even Manchester City, as regular first-team opportunities would be more abundant.

Bleacher Report's own Bundesliga expert, Clark Whitney, reported of Liverpool's interest in the forward back in May:

Clark Whitney @Mr_Bundesliga

Son Heung-Min's agent confirms Liverpool interest. Contract to 2018 & deadline for €22.5m exit clause already passed, but LFC have a chance

The South Korea international—who cost Spurs £22 million—is a versatile player capable of operating on either wing, as a second striker or even as a centre-forward.

The 23-year-old could have served to fill one of the only gaps in Liverpool's otherwise successful summer spending: a replacement for the departed Raheem Sterling.

Son racked up 17 goals and four assists for Bayer Leverkusen last season, and as WhoScored.com noted, he is a fairly prolific goalscorer:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Heung-Min Son: Only 3 players to start 75+ Bundesliga games since Aug 2012 have scored more often than Son (every 225.2 mins) #B04

Here is what the Reds missed out on:

Liverpool have scored just twice in their four Premier League games this season.

Nevertheless, after introducing the likes of Roberto Firmino, Christian Benteke and Danny Ings to their squad over the summer, Liverpool are still fairly well-stocked in attacking options. Once the new signings begin to click, the Reds should end up well on their way to surpassing their relatively meagre total of 52 goals from last season, so losing out on Son isn't a disaster.

Another attacker the Reds may have missed out on is Brazilian youngster Fabricio Oya, though at 16 he would firmly be considered one for the future.

According to Torcedores.com (via the Liverpool Echo's Joe Rimmer), both Liverpool and Manchester United pursued a deal for him over the summer but were knocked back by Corinthians.

However, according to Rimmer, the youngster tweeted on Thursday that he had signed a long-term contract with the club: "Realization of a dream! First professional contract with Corinthians signed! Thank you sir."

Oya has already shown his propensity to perform in big games, having scored in the Under-17 Club World Cup final to help Corinthians win:

Liverpool and their Premier League rivals will no doubt keep tabs on Oya over the coming years as he develops in Brazil. If he begins to realise his potential, expect more interest and perhaps a switch to Anfield in the future.

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