On the day Liverpool unveiled two Bosman signings and a £2m youngster come reports that the club are about to pay £2.5m for 31-year-old Aston Villa right-back Luke Young.
Not only would the deal signal a record fee for the Anfield side this year, it would also be a sign that Roy Hodgson is finally getting a little bit of say in the transfer dealings of this summer. What also has to be said is that the fee will be dwarfed by the overall profit made on transfer fees by Liverpool in the last year.
According to the Guardian’s Midlands football correspondent Stuart James, the two clubs have now agreed the fee so the player can talk terms with Liverpool. Martin O’Neill had already told Young he was no longer part of his plans and should look for a new club.
Hodgson had tried to sign the player for Fulham during the January transfer window.
Liverpool are in desperate need of a left-back, Fabio Aurelio having left at the end of his contract and Emiliano Insua still expected to join Fiorentina as soon as he agrees personal terms. But although Young has played at at left-back for Villa comments he made at the time suggest he won’t be signed as a left-back by the Reds.
“Playing at left-back is a different thing for me to get my head around,” Young said, 18 months ago. “I am getting on with it and doing a job and if the manager wants to play me there, I’ll do my best. Obviously it is not my best position and, at times on the pitch, it becomes difficult when I am on the wrong side and I’ve got to try to manoeuvre my way out of trouble and things like that. I am doing my best there, I am doing a job for the side and, hopefully at some stage, I might be able to get back on the right.”
Unless Glen Johnson is about to be sold this move is either for a player to be used where he’s not comfortable or as cover for the position he does like to play, a decision that will be a blow to some of the club’s youngsters who must have felt they were in with a chance of some playing time this season.
Fabio Capello requesting – in vain – for him to come out of international retirement last November will mean little to Liverpool supporters who will also be concerned at what kind of wages he’ll get. One of Villa’s reasons for trying to dump the player is said to be the high wages he’s on and Sunderland gave up on a move of their own to sign him this summer after reportedly balking at his wage demands.