Liverpool have been boosted in the race to sign Lille striker Gervinho, after Newcastle reportedly decided against trying to make a big money bid for the star after he admitted wanting to play Champions League football.
“I am trying my best to concentrate on the final push for the league,” Gervinho told skysports.com.
“We want to win the championship. Also, we are in the cup final.
“At the end of the season, my advisers and I will speak to the club and see what to do, but if I am leaving a club which will play in the Champions League I will only go to one who is in the Champions League.
“It is the best competition and I want to be a part of that set-up every year.”
Newcastle were thought to still be considering a big money offer in the hopes of tempting Gervinho away from other English clubs, including Liverpool and Arsenal, but the Journal is reporting that Alan Pardew has decided against making such an offer.
While Liverpool will most likely not make the Champions League this season their squad is looking particularly promising, and the Anfield club might be able to offer Gervinho the carrot of a long term plan to win trophies in England as well as the Champions League.
While Arsenal were thought to be interested in the star, the €15 million price tag Sky Sports has reported is hanging over Gervinho’s head may be too much for the frugal Arsene Wenger to stomach.
This now leaves Liverpool as favourites to secure the coveted Ivory Coast international’s signature, with Dalglish reportedly planning to build an unstoppable strike force.