Liverpool legend sees James Rodriguez as realistic deal

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James Rodriguez has taken the World Cup by storm with Colombia, and his antics on the world stage have unsurprisingly led to a big fight to secure his services.

Real Madrid have emerged as favourites for the Monaco man despite Manchester United's interest. The Spanish giants may be in the best financial position to sign the man who has been quoted already for £45 million. 

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Liverpool target?

However former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey sees the pacy winger as a realistic target for Brendan Rodgers' side this summer.

"Both Alexis Sanchez and James Rodriguez have lit up the World Cup," Heskey told a Sony web chat.

"The latter is only 23, so you would get a lot of mileage out of him. James would be my number one [target] if Liverpool could get him.

Money to spend

The Reds will also have money to spend following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, even though they have already acquired Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert from Southampton.

It may seem audacious to think that Liverpool could tempt Rodriguez, but they are better placed - back in the Champions Leaue - than they were 12 months ago, and a marquee signing like the Monaco man could be a good move to appease fans who are also upset after missing out on Alexis Sanchez who joins Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Real Madrid

Though it does seem like Rodriguez wants more than to just be in Europe's top competition - he wants to win it, such is his desire to join the reigning champions. The 23-year-old said on a potential move to the Spanish capital: "I dream of playing for Real Madrid, but will respect Monaco's decision. I think it's everyone's dream, of course, mine has always been to play for Madrid."

Heskey to replace Suarez?

Nevertheless, Heskey's ambition should be applauded. The 36-year-old himself is hunting for a new club, but don't expect to see his name linked with being Suarez's replacement at Anfield. 

The former England man has spent the last few years playing out in the Australian League after ending his Premier League adventure having had other stints at Aston Villa and Wigan Atyhletic. 

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