None-more-mischievous Liverpool transfer saboteurs Tottenham Hotspur have redoubled their attempts to turn the Belgium World Cup star Divock Origi’s head.
The Merseysiders were thought to have a fee agreed with his club Lille and personal terms with the man himself.
Yet that’s seldom stopped Daniel Levy and his team of transfer cuckoos in the past, as this list of Liverpool targets turned Tottenham teammates illustrates.
Rafael van der Vaart
The Dutchman, whose May 2011 goal against Kenny Dalglish’s men helped Spurs hop the Reds into the European places, was the subject of ‘registered’ Scouse interest in the summer of 2010.
Brendan Rodgers had given the Icelander big, big breaks at first Reading then Swansea and tried to sign him permanently for the Swans.
Having moved to Liverpool, the Northern Irishman offered his teacher’s pet identical terms at Anfield only for Sigurdsson to choose White Hart Lane.
His main consideration? Champions League football…
So covetous of the part-time rhymesmith known as ‘Deuce’ were the Reds that they went too far, subsequently apologising to Fulham for ‘tapping up’ the American.
Rip-off reticence caused Anfield to dillydally, with Spurs’ greater willingness to pony up the dough enough to bag them their man.
Liverpool had seemed frontrunners to sign the Ajax academy product for much of summer 2013, only to see him hoovered up in the Lilywhites post-Gareth Bale sale signing binge.
Ok, so the Brazilian never actually signed at White Hart Lane, but he was about to, only for Tottenham to be shot by their own guerrilla-transfer tactics gun.
Fifth and sixth favourites in the Premier League top-four finish betting, Liverpool and Spurs can be backed at 7/10 and 3/1 to land a place in the 2014/15 Champions League respectively.