Top 10 other strikers you could sign for £35 million or less

Posted by - January 31, 2011 - Liverpool, Transfer News and Gossip

Andy Carroll looks a bit pricey at £35m plus. Where else could Liverpool have spent their Torres cash?

1. Diego Forlan
The Atletico Madrid man famously flopped in the Prem last time out and signing an ex-United player might cause a bit of a stir, but he is a proven talent who stole the show at last summer’s World Cup.

2. Karim Benzema
France star Benzema has never looked entirely comfortable with Jose Mourinho. Real Madrid’s injuries caused the Spanish giants to be a tad more reliant on Benzema than you suspect the Special One would have liked, but with Emmanuel Adebayor now through the door a transfer could have been on.

3. Emmanuel Adebayor
Proven Premier League pedigree and clearly deemed surplus to requirements by Manchester City. Liverpool could have taken the initiative, pipped Real Madrid and taken the Togo international to Anfield.

4. Luis Suarez
Well, at least Liverpool saw the potential in this one and signed him as well. But when you look at Suarez’s track record and experience, you would imagine the Reds would find it difficult to part with the Carroll cash knowing they can get Suarez for a mere £22.8 million.

5. David Villa
OK, the world’s most in-form striker is probably not for sale but he was last summer. Barcelona snapped him up for less that the Carroll transfer fee. This is a bit crazy.

6. Darren Bent
A homegrown player, based in the North East, more proven than Carroll at Premier League level. Yours for a paltry £18 million a couple of weeks ago.

7. Fernando Llorente
Like Spurs, Liverpool have long been linked with a move for the Athletic Bilbao striker. He is exactly the same height and a similar player to Carroll, but he would cost about £10 million less.

8. Nicolas Anelka
Chelsea were quite happy to chuck him as a makeweight in the Torres deal. Again, he knows how to score goals in the Premier League and could have at least done a job until the less frantic summer transfer window.

9. Roque Santa Cruz, Jason Roberts, Nikola Kalinić, El Hadji Diouf, Benjani
That’s because Liverpool could have bought Blackburn Rovers for less than they are paying for Carroll.

10. Robbie Keane
Only kidding!

  • Colin

    Only one homegrown player here we are signing one other 5 are pushing 30 if not well over

  • Colin

    Only one homegrown player here we are signing one other 5 are pushing 30 if not well over

  • Paul

    I’d rather have Andy Carroll!!!!

  • Paul

    I’d rather have Andy Carroll!!!!

  • scouser

    CAN YOU HEAR THE DRUMS FERNADO, HA HA HA

  • Quick_

    lol forlan could play for 2 years..so and villa(barcelone would never let him go)…benzema would never be free to join lfc because now real madrid doesnt have forwards and loaned adebayour who plays football for money…bent the player who signed for a.villa 26yrs (liverpool didnt have that much of money to spend in that time)//who the fuck are blackburns players SHIT ALL SHIT (DIOUF OMG),,anelka refuzed to play for us …llorente 40m+

  • Anonymous

    Well, yes, the overinflated prices for homegrown players is sort of the starting point for this post anyway.

    Of the 8 serious-ish suggestions, only Forlan and Anelka are the wrong side of 30.

  • Larsen

    You were not kidding only in the case of Robbie Keane, all of this is a joke.
    35 m for one aged 31 and flopped in EPL, with striker in short for Mourinho getting Benzema is not possible, Adebayour will never be loyal so how could expect us to trust.
    With Andy Carroll we have a future player with return value, and is not going to play in the same style as Torres.
    Price might be inflated, yet a good aquisition.

  • Martin G

    Robbie Keane is more proven than a number of the players on your list!! Obviously you don’t know much about football with your smart arse comments…

  • Steviegerrard

    Funnily enough, with Benzema, Pato and Aguero unavailable (and none were available in this window despite what you say) I cannot think of a more suitable AVAILABLE striker than Carroll in world football. The fact that you could only come up with five realistic players in that list says it all. Quality strikers are few and far between.

    It’s no good buying a more ‘proven’ striker like Adebayor/Anelka/Fabiano – they pick up their signing on fee, play well for twelve months, then go on strike to get a transfer to somewhere sunny and pretty. At least Carroll can’t complain that he is leaving because of the weather.

    And let’s remember that in the Premiership (apart from a few games against us), Forlan was absolutely shyte. Worse goal record than Heskey.

    We’ll miss Torres. He gave us several of his best years and kept us afloat whilst the Texan raped and pillaged our club; but we need happy, fit, motivated players for a new positive era now we look like a club with class again.

    Come on in Carroll; you look like a number 9 and when Kenny bought Shearer for a British transfer record, everyone doubted him then too…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Stocks/1622034573 Raymond Stocks

    i hope the scouse wankers realize carroll wont try as hard down there ha DIVYS

  • Colin

    Villa 29 cost £34 million, Spurs had bid rejected for Llorente of £33 mil. Agree with Benzema quality, but what club would want Adebayour. You have to think Liverpools quota of home grown players in 25 prem squad had Spearing and Darby in to give us eight. Also this season he hasnt played any european football.

  • Nick

    Given I suggested it, I’ll throw my two cents into the ring as well.

    1. Benzema – Would be terrific as the deep lying foil to Suarez’s deadly finishing.
    2. Luis Fabiano – Pushing on a bit but wouldn’t cost much to prize away
    3. Fernando Llorente – This guy would walk into the England side, which Carroll can’t. And you’d have 20 million left in your pocket.
    4. Diego Forlan – Could have been on the Ballon d’Or list. That good.
    5. Thomas Muller – Would link up their attack beautifully

  • Andy

    Carrol looks pricey, but how reliable is that £35m? Are they paying now or over several years? What are they paying him in wages? (You cant judge a deal unless you know the whole story and thats not going to happen)

    Reports say Suarez (24) and Carrol (22) are both signed to 2016 so they’ve cashed in a 27 year old for a pair of strikers who could play together through their prime years.

    Many things could go wrong but it does look like a reasonable swap.

  • Josh

    Well I’d rather have Carroll than any of those players. Who cares about the money? It was there to spend so why not spend it?!

  • Andy

    I posted this on the ‘losers’ thread, but worth repeating here:
    Today’s Guardian interview with Henry: The fee for Torres was dependent on what Newcastle asked for Carroll, explaining that Liverpool wanted Carroll, plus £15m.

    So Newcastle set the price and Chelsea paid it. Henry even notes “They [Newcastle] made a hell of a deal”

  • Andy

    I suppose Liverpool could have asked for more than £15m, but since that was the amount needed to break even for their various transfers (and they replaced a disgruntled employee with two younger players) it wouldnt make sense for them to potentially scupper the deal for the sake of a bit of profit.

  • Andy

    I suppose Liverpool could have asked for more than £15m, but since that was the amount needed to break even for their various transfers (and they replaced a disgruntled employee with two younger players) it wouldnt make sense for them to potentially scupper the deal for the sake of a bit of profit.