Liverpool Transfer News: Reds Eyeing Moi Gomez Move, Latest Demarai Gray Rumours

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2015

Villarreal’s Moi Gomez, left, and Moenchengladbach's Christoph Kramer challenge for the ball during the Europa League group A soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Villarreal FC in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Frank Augstein/Associated Press

Wing reinforcements will be a priority for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in 2016, as the latest reports insist the Reds are looking to seal deals for Spanish youngster Moi Gomez and Birmingham City's Demarai Gray.

Villarreal speedster Gomez is currently on a season-long loan with Getafe, but the Daily Mail's Simon Jones claims the Yellow Submarine would be willing to sell their wide man for just £4 million.

Gomez is a Spain under-21 international and has made 94 first-team appearances for Villarreal since making his debut in 2011, scoring seven goals in the process.

However, Jones adds the 21-year-old has fallen out of favour at El Madrigal under Marcelino and has also played just four minutes of the current season after agreeing to a temporary move to Getafe.

It leaves one to question exactly what has led to the Spaniard's sudden drop in prominence, especially after making 44 appearances across all competitions last season, 25 of which as part of the starting XI.

At the time of his Getafe loan deal being announced, David Cartlidge of beIN Sports lauded the switch as a "fine signing," but it doesn't appear to be posing the benefits he's hoped for thus far:

Video Play Button
Videos you might like

Rodgers has need of options out wide after Raheem Sterling and Lazar Markovic left Anfield over the summer, with Jordon Ibe being handed greater opportunity to impress in the first-team ranks.

But if Gomez has struggled so in carving out a prominent place at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Liverpool supporters may not see his cut-price acquisition as one that would genuinely improve their squad.

The same might not be said of Championship wonderkid Gray, however, as the Birmingham prodigy continues to draw plaudits from England's top flight and now the Bundesliga, too.

That's following word that German champions Bayern Munich have been examining the Liverpool target, according to Neil Moxley of the Sunday People (via Birmingham Mail).

It's rare to see young English talent make the move abroad when Premier League suitors are in sight, but Bayern's apparent interest in the winger nonetheless offers competition the Reds would rather do without.

Gray has earned rave reviews in the Championship and scored six goals in 41 league appearances last season, leading Goal's Jay Jaffa to give a succinct account of what makes him such a terror:

The 19-year-old made his debut for England's under-20s earlier this year and has scored two goals in five outings for Keith Downing's side to show yet more of his considerable threat on goal.

However, the Mirror's Alex Richards has highlighted the need for Gray to remain at Birmingham for the time being, where he's guaranteed precisely what he needs most of all—first-team minutes:

Laurie Whitwell of the Daily Mail reported just prior to the transfer deadline that Leicester City had triggered Gray's estimated £4.7 million buyout clause, but the teenager remained at St. Andrew's to further his development.

Liverpool would certainly be able to afford that fee and may be able to look forward to a burgeoning English wing partnership between Gray and Ibe should they opt to invest in another up-and-coming talent.