Could Liverpool target Tottenham's Assou-Ekotto - And would he be tempted?

Assou Ekotto

Liverpool have been linked with signing a new left-back, could Tottenham's regular become an option?

Brendan Rodgers has admitted he is in the market for a new left-back, after making an approach for Ryan Bertrand, one which was refused by Chelsea.

Liverpool have been strongly linked with signing Aly Cissokho of Lyon, but he is unlikely to be their only option.

Current incumbent Jose Enrique had a mixed season last year, often out injured while at times it seemed like Brendan Rodgers simply preferred not to play him there, picking either Glen Johnson there or Stewart Downing instead.

Enrique found himself playing at left-wing on occasion, while he didn't majorly disappoint, it was clear any long-term plan to play him there was very much a work in progress.

Liverpool certainly have options, and are not daunted as shown by the Bertrand bid, of trying to sign players who would have to 'take a step down' to join them.

One man who would fit the bill is Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Tottenham's 29-year-old left-back.

Now his age certainly counts against him, with Liverpool reluctant to bid big money for players closer to 30, and a player like Bertrand would be a longer term investment.

But if Liverpool want a player for the here and now, the Cameroonian would fit the bill.

He has been linked with an exit from Tottenham since January, with Chelsea linked when it appeared Ashley Cole could be off and Monaco this summer.

Spurs were also said to be making plans without him at one stage, lining up Inter Milan's Alvaro Pereira, and keeping Danny Rose in reserve just in case.

While Brendan Rodgers says he wants a new player to provide competition for Enrique, the message is that he is not convinced by the Spaniard, and young or old, a new addition would have every chance of being first choice.

Tottenham may be reluctant to sell, but it is an eventuality they will be ready for if Assou-Ekotto's head is swayed. Liverpool do not have European football to offer, but can give him the chance of a change of scenery at a top level English club.

He is a player who has admitted he has no ties to Spurs, for football is 'just a job' to him, and the chance to savour a new experience may be tempting even if it could be considered a step down.

Liverpool have their eye on a loan for Cissokho, but if that were to fall through then they may want to consider what Assou-Ekotto can offer them instead.

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