Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Liverpool Eye Colombian As Suarez Replacement

Liverpool target Teo Gutierrez has been made available by his club - but only if his £8m valuation is met.

The Racing Club de Avellaneda forward has been attracting the attention of a number of clubs across Europe and the impending eight game ban Luis Suarez is facing has heightened Liverpool's thoughts of adding another striker to their squad.

The 26-year-old has his six goals in 15 appearances in Argentina's top-flight this season and has now reached 15 caps for his native Colombia.

The striker was prolific in his early career in South America and earned a move to Turkish side Trabzonspor in January 2010.

The frontman scored some important goals during his time in Europe, including a hat-trick against Bursaspor in the Turkish Super Cup, but failed to settle and moved to Argentina in February.

Now his form in front of goal has sparked a new wave of interest across the Continent, with a host of clubs ready to take a gamble on the relative unknown.

Racing Club vice-president Rodolfo Molina told Argentinean paper Ole: "There are no formal proposals for Teo Gutierrez, just words but no realities.

"When we receive an actual proposal we will study the numbers hard. The club does not reject the sale, but we will only negotiate on his real value.

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