Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Hodgson hopes to sign striker

Roy Hodgson

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has not given up hope of signing a new forward before the transfer window closes, after star forward Fernando Torres scored the winning goal and showed glimpses of a return to form in Sunday's 1-0 win over West Brom.

The 62-year has dismissed suggestions PSV Eindhoven's Sweden striker Ola Toivonen could move to Anfield but he has also been linked with a move for West Ham's Carlton Cole.

"We've got space to add a player. We'd like another striker, we've said that all along and there's no point me denying it," said the Reds boss.

"But we still haven't found the right man and time is running out for us."

Asked if Toivonen could arrive he said: "No. Unlikely. He's a good player but not the profile I'm looking for."

A deal for Fulham left-back Paul Konchesky should be completed in the next 24 hours, with Liverpool reserve team striker Lauri Dalla Valle heading in the opposite direction.

West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo is still hoping to do some more business before the close of the window, with negotiations continuing with out-of-contract former Wigan utility player Paul Scharner.

"We are talking to Paul and we will see if there is a possibility to do a deal with him," he said. "I guess that would conclude our (transfer) business."

The Italian was disappointed with his side's result at Anfield but accepted they had succumbed to a moment of quality.

"I thought we coped well with Torres all afternoon but the difference with these kind of players is they need half a chance," he added.

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