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Ex-Liverpool boss reveals Batistuta chase

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Former Liverpool boss Roy Evans says the club tried to sign Gabriel Batistuta and Teddy Sheringham during his four-year tenure.

Evans managed the club from 1994 to 1998, and during that time he has revealed they attempted to lure both Sheringham and Batistuta to Anfield.

Argentinian striker Batistuta, who scored over 200 goals during his illustrious career, was sought out as a partner for Robbie Fowler, but a deal never came to fruition.

Liverpool's policy at the time of not signing older players also paved the way for Sheringham to join fierce rivals Manchester United, rather than move to Merseyside.

Speaking in an interview with the club's official website, 64-year old Evans said: "He [Batistuta] was interested but unfortunately it just didn't happen.

"We had an interest, there was some conversations between Liverpool and his club. It was one of those things where you make an enquiry and it just didn't go any further than that.

"I'm sure he would have been a great acquisition for us if we had got him."

Evans also claimed Sheringham was keen to join the club, who at the time were consistent challengers for the Premier League title.

The ex-England international went on to score 31 goals in 104 appearances for the Red Devils, and he also played a key role in United's treble-winning season of 1999 alongside the likes of Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Evans added: "Teddy was interested in coming; he was 29 or 30 at the time.

"As it happened, he went to Manchester United and played for six or seven years there with great success.

"Sometimes you miss out on things. I think he would have brought some good experience to a lot of the young lads."

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