One time Liverpool winger target 'unhappy' at Werder Bremen

Former Liverpool target Eljero Elia has revealed he is ‘unhappy’ at Werder Bremen and could be open for a move this summer, if the Reds decide to consider him.

The 27-year-old Dutch international has struggled to force his way into the first team at Werder Bremen despite making 21 appearances in the Bundesliga, scoring four goals and making two assists.

Of those 21 appearances just eight have been for a full 90 minutes – Elia has been withdrawn and replaced ten times this term and brought on as a substitute on three occasions.

"I am always unhappy when I am not playing matches from the start. Therefore I am well able to imagine leaving Werder Bremen, although at this point in time I am unable to make a comment on the issue," Elia told Sky Sports.

“We will only be able to see what's on at the end of the campaign. Either I am to stay on or Werder Bremen is selling me then."

Elia has been on the books at Werder Bremen for just over a year after signing for €5.5 million from Juventus on a four-year contract which expires in 2016. He had made few appearances in Juventus, managing just four appearances in Serie A in 2011/12 and not featuring for a full 90 minutes once.

His form in the Bundesliga was hit and miss last term at Werder Bremen – he made 24 appearances but managed just three goals in 24 appearances, predominantly starts, and was taken off before 90 minutes on no less than 18 of those games.

He burst onto the scene with the Netherlands international team back in 2009 and 2010 scoring goals against Scotland and Hungary and now has 27 caps for his country but, with the World Cup in Brazil just around the corner this summer, and a history of injuries with his ankle causing him problems throughout the 2010/11 season, his hopes of forcing his way into the Dutch national team look limited at present.

The winger is known for his blistering pace and technical skill – he likes to run at defences and draw opposition onto him creating space for his teammates in the box but his goal threat has been limited in recent years since he moved from Twente back in 2009 where he had scored 13 goals in the 2008/09 season before moving to Hamburg and suffering his Mollelar injury.

Hamburg paid €8.5 million for him and Juventus paid €9 million but with his opportunities at Werder Bremen now limited, I would suspect he could be available for less than the €5.5 million the German outfit paid for him in 2012.

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