Liverpool cool interest as Sunderland striker hunt turns to South American star

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Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is desperate to land a front man in the January transfer window, and may raid his former club Wigan Athletic for Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega.

Since the £18million departure of Darren Bent to Aston Villa, the Black Cats have been linked with a host of players but as yet no deal has been finalised.

Following his move to the DW Stadium, Rodallega has attracted the attention of a number of Premier League clubs including Aston Villa, Liverpool and now Sunderland.

Whilst his destination is still up in the air, what is more certain is that Rodallega will definitely be leaving the Latics after two years with the club he joined from Mexican side Necaxa.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez would be reluctant to let him go, but conceded “every player has his price.”

Liverpool were said to be courting Rodallega more intensely over the summer, but interim manager Kenny Dalglish now looks to be chasing other targets on the recommendation of Anfield’s director of football strategy Damian Comolli.

The £8million price tag is not something that Comolli deems as good business so Liverpool look to have cooled their interest but Gerard Houllier is said to be ’very interested’ in bringing Rodallega to Villa Park to strengthen their strike force even further.

Having already lost Bent to Villa, Sunderland and Steve Bruce will be even more determined not to let this one pass them by, and they will be prepared to part with up to £10million to bring Rodallega to the Stadium of Light.

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