Liverpool eye shock move for Samuel Eto'o

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Liverpool could make a surprise signing this summer, with reports suggesting that they have held talks with former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o.

With Luis Suarez leaving Anfield for Barcelona, manager Brendan Rodgers is yet to bring in a replacement for the Uruguayan forward.

Eto'o rejected a new contract at Stamford Bridge last season and fell out with boss Jose Mourinho after the Portuguese appeared to joke about the forward's age.

However it seems the Cameroon international is keen to carry on his career in England and looked as if he could sign for West Ham only for his high wage demands to scupper any deal.

With the forward market limited this summer, it could be that Rodgers has no other option but to draft in the former Barcelona goal machine. Liverpool currently only have two recognised forwards in Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert, and the Reds boss has stated he still wishes to add a third frontman to that line-up.

Eto'o not the answer

Unfortunately, Eto'o is not the answer. Don't get me wrong, his goalscoring record has been superb throughout his career. However, his age is something that will not see him suit the style of football played on Merseyside.

At the grand age of 33, the Cameroon legend is no spring chicken. Liverpool are all about quick counter-attacking football, moving the ball sharply and rapidly on the break. Eto'o struggled at times for Chelsea last year and that was under Mourinho's tactics which were more in his favour.

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Furthermore, Eto'o would want to play through the middle of the frontline at Anfield. He would not likely gain this role, as it is currently occupied Sturridge, whose 21 league goals last year topped the African's tally by 10.

Although Eto'o has scored goals in the past and has been of of Europe's elite strikers, he is in the twilight years of his career. Liverpool would be daft if they signed Eto'o as he would contribute very little the side. He is not capable of playing the Reds' style and does not fit their theory of developing young players into top footballers.

As well as that, £40,000 a week is not cheap for a player who would start most games on the bench. The fact that West Ham - who badly need a leading forward due to Andy Carroll's injury - will not pay Eto'o's wages shows he has surpassed his peak.

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