Eintracht Frankfurt plot swoop for Andriy Voronin: Liverpool FC latest

13 November 2009 07:20
Andriy Voronin

EINTRACHT Frankfurt are plotting a swoop for Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin during the January transfer window.

The mid-table Bundesliga outfit have yet to make an official approach but are keen on securing the services of the Ukrainian international.

Voronin has struggled to adapt to the demands of the Premier League since he arrived at Anfield on a free transfer from Bayer Leverkusen in 2007.

However, the 30-year-old is highly rated in Germany and scored 11 goals during a successful loan spell at Hertha Berlin last season.

Hertha wanted to make the move permanent this summer but a proposed £3million deal with Liverpool fell through.

Boss Rafa Benitez's attacking options are severely limited, but if Eintracht match that fee and the Spaniard is guaranteed he will be able to reinvest the funds he may decide to do business.

Voronin has yet to find the net in three starts and nine substitute appearances for the Reds so far this season and young Frenchman David Ngog has leapt above him in the pecking order to be Fernando Torres' understudy.

The Ukrainian, who is under contract until 2011, may also have to move on in search of regular football in order to fulfil his dream of playing in next summer's World Cup after he was left out of the squad for their play-off with Greece tomorrow.

Meanwhile, left-back Fabio Aurelio's hopes of earning a first cap for Brazil have been dashed after a calf injury ruled him out of tomorrow's friendly with England in Doha.

Aurelio joins the Reds' long list of walking wounded with a number of stars battling to recover in time to face Manchester City next Saturday.

Benitez hopes Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger, who both pulled out of this weekend's internationals, will be fit to take on Mark Hughes' side, but Yossi Benayoun and Albert Riera are facing a month on the sidelines.

"Daniel Agger felt something in his back after the Birmingham game and didn't go with Denmark after we spoke with their doctor and manager but I think he could be back training again in a few days," Benitez said.

Source: Liverpool_Echo