YESTERDAY many media outlets across the UK and Portugal insisted that Spanish winger Jeffrén was high on the list of Liverpool’s potential targets come January, and today the club’s interest in the player appeared to be confirmed by the player’s agent.
“Yes, Liverpool and other Premier League clubs have been watching the player, they are very aware of Jeffrén”, agent Jorge Llagostera told Portuguese radio station Antena 1.
Jeffrén is a former Barcelona youth star – another who came through the ranks of La Masia – and made his La Liga debut with the Catalan giants in 2009 under Pep Guardiola, but failed to establish himself fully within a squad already crammed with attacking talent in the wide areas.
After just 22 appearances he was sold to Sporting Lisbon in 2011 for €3.75 million, but Barcelona retain a buy-back clause – something they do not wish to activate. Reports suggest that Brendan Rodgers wishes to take the Venezuelan-born forward on-loan in January, with an option to sign him later on.
Jeffrén is a versatile player who is adept on both wings and has an eye for goal, scoring 4 times in 16 appearances for Sporting thus far.