Liverpool hero Phil Thompson has told Brendan Rodgers to forget about signing West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino in the January transfer window, as reported by the Daily Star.
Instead, Thompson is keen to see his old club spend their cash on Argentinian international and Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain or Paris Saint Germain’s unsettled forward Ezequiel Lavezzi.
Both players are thought to be keen on transfers away from their current sides, despite only joining them in the near past.
Lavezzi was recently fined by manager Laurent Blanc for failing to return to training, and he could see his playing time cut even further as a result.
Higuain has been dropped to the bench as a result of poor form, having moved to Napoli in 2013 for £32m.
Berahino has had his attitude questioned in recent days, having celebrated in a protesting manner after scoring for West Brom in the FA Cup at the weekend, suggesting he wants out.
Thompson said: “I would not like to think that Saido Berahino is their prime target as a striker.
“Yes, Liverpool do need a striker with injuries to Daniel Sturridge and the difficulties that Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli have had at the football club.
“Brendan Rodgers likes his forwards to have pace. You see Raheem Sterling currently playing as an out-and-out centre forward, and he has done very well, but maybe he does not possess the finishing quality of Berahino.
“I think that Liverpool need someone who is a bit more established and who has played at a higher level like Gonzalo Higuain or Ezequiel Lavezzi, somebody of that ilk to come in following the news about Steven Gerrard’s departure.
“For me, I would not go for Berahino, although I can see the advantages of having him, but I tell you what, he has to change his attitude.”
Liverpool and Spurs are set to do battle over Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain once the January transfer window opens.
Reports in Italy suggest that Higuain is unsettled at the Serie A side, and is keen to move elsewhere to revitalise his career.
The emergence of Duvan Zapata has put Higuain’s place in Rafael Benitez’s starting eleven under threat, and this means that the Argentine striker has been spending a surprising amount of time on the sidelines.
With both Liverpool and Spurs having chased Higuain prior to his move to Napoli and since, they are likely to firm up their interest in signing him once the winter window opens, according to the Daily Star.
Higuain cost Napoli €40 million when they signed him from Spanish giants Real Madrid, and the Italian side would likely want a similar fee for the striker.
Liverpool and Spurs have both struggled for consistent goal scoring strikers this season, although Harry Kane has impressed for the north London side this season.
Liverpool and Spurs both need a striker, but Higuain might not be the right man. Napoli are struggling and if he can’t break into their side ahead of Zapata, he might not be in the right place for a team challenging for the top four.
Arsenal and Liverpool are monitoring Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain future, with the Argentinian international known to be unsettled at the Serie A side, as reported by the Daily Express.
In fact, the player has refused to comment on his future, suggesting that he does not see much of one with the Italian side going forward.
Italian sources believe that the striker is unhappy at his current club, and that the player is intending to push through a move away in the summer transfer window.
Both Liverpool and Arsenal have been consistently linked with him over the last few months, and Brendan Rodgers is thought to have made a £31.2 million bid for the player in the summer.
Liverpool will almost certainly bolster their attacking options going forward, having failed to adapt to the loss of Luis Suarez.
The Italian club could be forced to sell him, having had their financial situation made difficult by their early Champions League exit.