Friday, August 10, 2007

Lens goalkeeper goes to Anfield

LONDON: Racing Lens have sold France Under-21 goalkeeper Charles Itandje to Liverpool for an undisclosed fee, the Ligue 1 club said on Thursday.
The transfer is likely to mean that reserve Scott Carson will leave Anfield for a rival Premier League team, with media reports having linked the keeper with a loan move to Aston Villa.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is set to use Itandje as back-up for first-choice Jose Reina.
Benitez also wants to abandon his strategy of deploying Steven Gerrard on the right flank, saying he now accepts the England international’s best position is in the centre of midfield.
The Spanish coach has reinforced his options out wide by signing Ryan Babel from Ajax Amsterdam and West Ham United’s Yossi Benayoun during the close season.
“We have brought in wingers because we know Steven Gerrard is not a proper winger,” Benitez told reporters on Thursday.
“It is clear he likes to play as a central midfielder and I think that could be his best position.” – Reuters

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