Dalglish targets Irish ace Coleman
Reds plan audacious bid to lure Donegal youngster to Anfield
Published 18/11/2011 | 05:00
Rising Irish star Seamus Coleman has emerged as a shock target for Liverpool.
Reports in England have suggested that Kenny Dalglish is lining up an audacious January move for the Donegal youngster due to Everton's well-documented financial difficulties.
Coleman was a bargain buy for David Moyes when he swooped to sign the 23-year-old for £60,000 from Sligo Rovers in 2008. However, the versatile right-sided player could command more than £8m in the transfer window.
He signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Everton last January, and is understood be on a contract in the region of £25,000 a week.
Liverpool would have the financial clout to make a move for his services, though, and Coleman fits the bill of young, home-grown talent from this part of the world that Dalglish is looking to recruit.
Everton's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini signed a new deal with the club yesterday, and urged his employers to make sure they keep hold of young talent like Coleman and Jack Rodwell.
The Irishman was so impressive last season that he was voted onto the PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist by his peers. Injury halted his start to this campaign, but he has shown glimpses of his previous form, although he is yet to fully break into Giovanni Trapattoni's plans.
Indeed, he faces a fight to nail down a place in the squad for next summer's Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the achievement of qualifying for Euro 2012 is fresh in the mind, but the first battle on the road to Brazil 2014 takes place in Germany today.
An FAI delegation led by CEO John Delaney is in Frankfurt for the fixtures meeting with the other teams in Ireland's World Cup qualifying group.
They will sit down around the table and haggle over the schedule for that campaign.
The competing teams in Ireland's Euro 2012 group were unable to come to agreement thanks to stubbornness from Armenia, so UEFA were left with no option but to generate the fixtures by computer.
Trapattoni and the FAI will be hoping there is no such outcome this time around, as they both have particular dates in mind for certain fixtures.
The Italian has yet to put pen to paper on his contract extension for the World Cup race, but he believes it will be a formality.
And Trapattoni has hinted that he would prefer if Ireland started away from home against one of the group's lesser lights rather than entering headlong into a showdown with top seeds Germany, or second seeds, Sweden.
The European campaign kicked off with a trip to Armenia followed by a home tie with Andorra, and Trapattoni would be happy with a similar outcome.
In addition to Germany and Sweden, Austria, Kazakhstan and Faroe Islands make up the rest of the group.