by Christian Bailey
New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has started to draw up a list of targets he wishes to make moves for this summer. The Anfield manager has been told he will not have a wealth of funds to draw from and with that in mind the Northern Irishman has earmarked moves for players who add quality to his squad without breaking the bank.
Rodgers will look to beef up his attacking options having seen Liverpool net just 47 goals in the Premier League last term but without the funds to spend on a ‘big money’ striker the former Swansea City boss has identified Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner as a target.
The 24 year old Danish international is currently at the Euro 2012 finals having enjoyed a solid season long loan spell at Sunderland. The 6ft 5in striker is unlikely to return to Arsenal, where he has slipped down the pecking order, and he would surely jump at the chance of a move to Anfield and he would cost around £6-8m to sign as Arsene Wenger reportedly looks to trim his squad ahead of a planned shake-up to the Gunners wage structure.
Bendtner netted ten goals last term and could offer a stern challenge for Andy Carroll for the second striker spot alongside Luis Suarez.
Mohamed Diame is also on Rodgers wish-list and the Wigan Athletic defensive midfielder is available on a free transfer having seen his Wigan Athletic contract come to an end. The experienced battler would add another back-up option to Brazilian Lucas Leiva.
Last term Jay Spearing was found wanting when he was called in to replace Lucas. Diame had been previously targeted by Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers is ready to enter talks with the Senegal international.
Having seen both Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson struggle for form last term, even though both made it into Roy Hodgson’s England Euro 2012 squad, the Liverpool boss is keen to add more strength in depth to the wide areas of his attack and to that end is ready to make exploratory moves for Wolves wide-man Matt Jarvis.
Even though his Molineux side finished bottom of the Premier League pile Jarvis still managed to impress and looks set to make an instant return to the top tier in the form of a move away from Wolves. A number of sides are said to be interested in the 26 year old, who netted eight goals last term.
The England international would offer Rodgers a relatively inexpensive back-up option that adheres to the Liverpool owner’s cautious level of transfer spending this summer.