€7.5m summer Liverpool target admits 'I am looking at the market'

Ishak Belfodil was linked with Liverpool in the summer but ended up joining Inter Milan. However a World Cup dream could see him move...

This summer Liverpool were not only interested in retaining the services of striker Luis Suarez - but also bringing in another fresh face up front to supplement the Uruguayan and Daniel Sturridge.

Unfortunately they never got any of the players they were linked with over the summer months - one of whom was Ishak Belfodil.

The French raised Algerian international, who can also play just off the striker, was being linked with a number of transfers toward the end of last season - after impressing with his overall play for Parma.

Italian media soon reported that Liverpool were sending scouts to check him out in action and the rumour mill was churning away.

But in the end they missed out on the talented forward. He obviously decided that staying in Italy was a better option and Inter Milan were more forthcoming in their interest for the 21-year-old.

The former Lyon trainee joined the Nerazzurri in July in a €7.5 million deal that also saw Antonio Cassano head in the opposite direction.

He made immediate in-roads during pre-season - bagging a goal against Vicenza - but the Serie A campaign has been more of a struggle for the player.

He has played just 181 minutes of Serie A football for the club and with the World Cup on the horizon he obviously wants to be in top form to confirm his place in the Desert Foxes squad for Brazil.

But so far his one Serie A start is not exactly doing the business.

Now the player himself has confirmed he is not happy at the situation - and could seek a move away from the San Siro:

“I hope to play more often, something that isn’t happening at the moment. The transfer window is getting closer and I have to talk to the directors, because I want to be competitive going into the World Cup...I know that I don’t play very much and the transfer market could offer a solution. The Algeria Coach was right to say I could be at risk for the World Cup if I don’t play regularly, which is why I am looking at the market.”

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