Saturday, June 23, 2007

Reds ready to offer Cisse as bait for Spanish ace

Liverpool are reportedly ready to offer striker Djibril Cisse as part of their £25m bid to sign Atletico Madrid's Fernando Torres.
Reds boss Rafa Benitez is anxious to bring Torres to Anfield as part of his new-look squad next season but Liverpool are understood to be reluctant to match Atletico's £25m valuation for the Spanish international.
Wingler Luis Garcia has been linked as part of a possible swap deal for Torres but it now appears that Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry is trying to negotiate a deal that will see £6 million-rated Cisse move to Spain.
The French international spent last season on loan at Marseille and he and his advisers are said to have been told on Friday that he can start negotiating his move to Spain.
Atletico fancy Cisse after missing out on Torres's ideal replacement Vincenzo Iaquinta, who chose to join Juventus from Udinese last week, but complications could arise with Bolton boss Sammy Lee also keen to sign the Frenchman, who still has a home in the north west.

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