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Reds Target Atsu Not To Be Sneezed At

Christian Atsu’s surname might make you say ‘gesundheit’, but the Porto star’s skills are nothing to be sneezed at.

The 21-year-old winger is reportedly close to a move to English Premier League team Liverpool, whose transfer activity remains frenzied and impressive.

The Reds have finally agreed a deal with West Ham, after striker Andy Carroll passed his medical ahead of a £15.5 million permanent move to Upton Park.

And roughly one third of that money will likely go straight into Porto’s coffers, in order to nab 16-cap Ghana international Atsu in a cut-price deal.

Lightning fast and direct if somewhat raw and erratic, Atsu sprang to prominence at Porto under Andre Villas-Boas, and has been a key component of their title winning team.

His talent is certainly worth more than £3 million, and because he is heading into his last season at Porto, his capture would be another canny piece of business for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

Stewart Downing's Anfield future is in doubt, but Atsu would provide a much greatet goal threat out wide to the underwhelming Englishman.

Rodgers appears to be making low-key but effective early moves in the transfer market.

Veteran defender Kolo Toure has arrived for free to replace retired Scouse general Jamie Carragher.

Highly-rated Spaniards Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto could follow soon, with Shakhtar Donetsk's £22 million-rated midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan increasingly set to be Liverpool’s marquee signing.

Impressive Sunderland ‘keeper Simon Mignolet is also on Liverpool’s transfer radar, as are a few up-and-coming young defenders.

The future of controversial striker Luis Suarez continues to dominate Liverpool’s transfer plans however.

But when you consider that the Reds would still have finished last season in seventh place without the Uruguayan’s massive goal haul, the money they could bank from his sale, and their current transfer dealings indicate a positive trend is afoot at Anfield.

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