Why Liverpool need in-demand Ghanaian more than North London duo

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly weighing up swoops Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, a man heavily linked with Liverpool in January.

The Reds were credited with close interest in the Ghanaian last month and were thought to be prepared to make an offer to Udinese for his services.

A broader lack of defensively-inclined options in midfield – paired with an injury blow for Lucas Leiva – left Brendan Rodgers light in this area with reinforcements required.

But a bid for Badu seemingly never arrived, the Merseysiders’ ill-fated winter transfer window ultimately seen out without any new additions.

And according to Tuttoudinese.net, north London has now picked up what Liverpool put down – Tottenham and Arsenal each tracking the 2012 Puskas Award nominee ahead of the summer.

But do the pair of capital rivals really need him?

For lack of a more illustrative initial response, no – it’s the 23-year-old’s initial Premier League suitors that truly are in demand of his services.

Badu is an energetic character in midfield, a player with bags of stamina that provides solidity in front of the defence and loves bursting forward to make use a of a fierce shot from distance.

Given Nabil Benteleb’s rise at White Hart Lane – coupled with the presence of versatile performers Mousa Dembele and Paulinho – it’s hard to see where the Ghana international would fit in.

The former’s young age and the dynamism offered by the latter two would see him surplus to requirements with Spurs, who if anything should be looking for continuity ahead of fresh acquisitions.

At the Emirates, the situation is similar. Aaron Ramsey has at last come into his own in Arsene Wenger’s double pivot, whilst Jack Wilshere also has done well shuffling between this area and more advanced roles.

And Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain needs space to develop further – whilst Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta provide veteran presence just in front of the defence.

So as was the case with Spurs – Arsene Wenger’s would do better to focus on strengthening other parts of the squad with less cover.

But for Liverpool, Badu could be an astute purchase. The 23-year-old is capable of covering a great deal of ground in the centre of the park and could serve as a competent foil to Lucas, or step into either of the other two more attack-minded spots in midfield.

The Reds could use more bodies next season in this area with Steven Gerrard ageing and an uptick in commitments as Champions League football is a distinct possibility.

Badu already stated his desire to join Liverpool in January and could likely be had without breaking the bank – a cost effective solution that has experience to match plenty of upside.

Liverpool would do well to re-open their case for him when the end of the season rolls around, as getting his signature would be good business – a point that is not the case for Tottenham and Arsenal.

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