2 Sept 2015

'There was contact': Boss confirms 'Liverpool' tried to sign €4m midfielder this week

On Tuesday, reports in Italy claimed that Liverpool made a last-gasp attempt to sign Dynamo Kiev attacker Andriy Yarmolenko, and according to Avellino President, Walter Taccone, the Ukrainian is not the only player Brendan Rodgers tried to bring in at the death.

Speaking to Sportchannel214 last night, Taccone confirmed that Liverpool tried to sign Anderlecht midfielder Samuel Bastien. He noted:

"Bastien has signed for Avellino...despite the lure of clubs such as Barcelona, ​​Seville and Liverpool.

"There was contact with these clubs, but he decided to come to Avellino".

Some info about Bastien:

* 18-year old defensive midfielder, who can also play further forward.

* May 2014: Signed 3-year deal with Anderlecht.

* 13 appearances for Belgium's u19 team.

* On loan at Avellino, and his contract contains a €4m option buy for next summer.

* 1 senior appearance for Anderlecht.

* Liverpool have reportedly been tracking Bastien since January.

* Aug 28: The Daily Mail reported Liverpool's interest in Bastien: "Liverpool are keen on [signing] Anderlecht's teenage midfielder Samuel Bastien".

I guess Liverpool fans were wrong: Brendan Rodgers is prioritising the recruitment of a dedicated defensive midfielder.

The proof is in the pudding: Rodgers has been chasing Bastien - one of the most coveted unknown midfielders in Europe - since January, and if the Reds had sealed the deal, I'm sure he would've transformed the team.

Clearly, the pursuit of such a promising player (with one senior game to his name) is proof-positive that Rodgers sees the importance of having a top-class DM in the squad.

Author: Jaimie K


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