Liverpool miss out on 26-goal target as he secures €2.5m transfer

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Ola Toivonen, linked to Liverpool last month, has secured a transfer to Rennes.

Liverpool have missed out on a cut-price reinforcement for their attack as rumoured target Ola Toivonen this evening secured a deal to Rennes.

The Mirror reported in December that Liverpool were plotting to sign the Swedish forward from PSV, hoping to bring him in on loan until the end of the season.

Toivonen struck 26 goals last season for his club, and while he has struggled this campaign - netting just twice - he is a player who if he hits form can clearly be of use to any side.

He has clinched a deal to French side Rennes, report L'Equipe, a deal believed to be in the region of €2.5 million.

Toivonen would by no means have been a first choice at Liverpool, but would have provided a solid back-up for either Daniel Sturridge or Luis Suarez and helped with squad rotation coming into a crucial phase of the season.

Liverpool currently sit fourth but the draw at home to Aston Villa at the weekend again emphasised their squad's lack of depth, with Lucas Leiva going down injured.

Summer signing Iago Aspas has failed to show any signs of coming good in the Premier League, and if Liverpool are to sustain their fight for Champions League football then an additional forward would be a welcome addition to the squad.

Now that may come in a far more ambitious manner than Ola Toivonen, but with time ticking down, a bargain deal for the Swedish international may not have been such a bad option.

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