Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for French winger Sylvain Marveaux. The 25-year-old Rennes player was meant to sign for Liverpool on a free transfer but he has now subsequently joined Newcastle on a reported 5 year deal.
It is no secret that Liverpool are after wingers this summer and Marveaux had been identified as a potential signing as far back as January when he said he will not be signing a new deal with Renne. Not many of us knew much about Marveaux but we thought that if he was decent enough for our scouting department to take a serious interest in him then he may turn out to be a good deal for us as he was coming for free.
Reports say that Marveaux actually came to Melwood and underwent a medical. Now most of the time today, when a player has gone for a medical it is 90% certain that he will sign for the club. But Liverpool had to do a thorough medical on Marveaux as he had a history of serious injuries. So when news broke out that Liverpool were not signing Marveaux any longer it was suggested that Marveaux had failed the medical.
If that were the case then Liverpool did a good thing by not signing a player who is deemed not fit enough to play. The funny thing now is that Newcastle have gone ahead and signed this player for 5 years! If he really does have injury problems then why would Newcastle sign him?
The other side of the story is that Marveaux did not sign for Liverpool because he did not agree to personal terms with the club. Yet again, I find this to be strange, why would he want to play for Newcastle ahead of Liverpool even if Newcastle reportedly offer you more money? Liverpool stand a better chance of winning trophies ahead of Newcastle and we are a bigger club than Newcastle.
At the end of the day, I am not too bitter about missing out on Marveaux. He was not the real out and out winger that I have been hoping for Liverpool to sign. He would have been a nice to have option in the squad. Now we can focus our attention in the likes of Downing and N’Zogbia, players who are tried and tested in the Premier League and not gamble on an injury prone player who has never played in England before.