Sunday, 4 January 2009

Liverpool & Spurs In Race For Spanish Winger


Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are both chasing the signature of Spanish winger Angel Lafita at Deportivo La Coruna, according to The People.

24-year-old Lafita has become the subject of interest of a number of sides, with West Ham and Manchester United also linked with the Spaniard, who has scored 5 goals in 8 La Liga appearances for Depor after coming back from some injury problems at the start of the season.

However, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has declared that the Premiership Champions transfer business for January was finished after the double signing of Serbian pair Zoran Tosic and Adem Ljalic from Partizan Belgrade. Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola has to sell before he can bring fresh faces into Upton Park, which leaves Spurs and the Reds to fight it out for Lafita.

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez had hinted on Friday that it would be difficult and expensive to find players at the right price to improve the squad at Anfield, with Lafita an attractive proposition for the Merseyside club as he is valued at around £3million by Depor.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp sees the Spanish winger as an alternative to main target Stewart Downing at Middlesbrough, with Lafita’s modest price tag also something to consider for the Spurs manager in his pursuit of a left-sided player to bring to White Hart Lane.

Lafita, is under contract at the Riazor until 2012, but has made no secret of his desire to play for a bigger club, with it understood that El Turco will allow the midfielder to leave Spain if their valuation is met by either Premier League club.

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