Tony Cottee comments on Liverpool’s reported move for ex-Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o

Former West Ham United and Everton star Tony Cottee believes that Samuel Eto’o would be a good signing for Liverpool.

Liverpool may have signed England international Rickie Lambert, but they are still searching for a striker to replace the departed Luis Suarez.

Many names have been thrown into the mix, and the latest is that of former Chelsea, Barcelona and Inter Milan star Samuel Eto’o.

The Cameroon international is currently a free agent after leaving the Blues at the end of last season following the expiration of his one-year contract.

A number of clubs have been linked with the 33-year-old three-time Champions League winner, including Premier League outfit West Ham United and Dutch giants Ajax.

It is not yet clear which club Eto’o wants to join, but well-known pundit Tony Cottee, who is often seen on Sky Sports giving his opinion on all footballing matters, believes that if Liverpool have the chance to sign the former Real Mallorca forward, then they should do so.

‘He’s an experienced player and the one thing Liverpool need is options’, he told talkSPORT. ‘They didn’t have the distraction of the Champions League last season, but this year they’ve got it and they need a big squad...

‘You need a lot more players to play European football so I think he [Eto’o] would be a good signing. He wouldn’t play every game but he’d be a good addition to the squad.’

At 33, Eto’o is past his prime, but as he showed last season at Chelsea, he can make an impact while coming on as a substitute or when played intermittently.

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Samuel Eto'o 9 2 26 6 4 25 26 21 1,306

Eto’o will not be a direct replacement for Suarez, but he will certainly be a good option to have for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as alternatives to Daniel Sturridge and Lambert.

With Champions League football on offer and another chance to ‘prove himself’ in the Premier League, Eto’o could be convinced to make the move to Anfield.

Moreover, he is a free agent, which means that the Reds will not have to cough up any of the £75 million that they received from the sale of Suarez to Barcelona earlier this summer.

The potential stumbling block in a deal being struck is the former Real Madrid striker’s wage demands. Last season he reportedly earned £7m at Chelsea, and although he will probably not expect a top European club to pay him that much this term, how Liverpool proceed with their negotiations with Eto’o could be crucial in this transfer.

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