Report: Liverpool-linked Paul-Georges Ntep seen as ideal Raheem Sterling replacement

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Liverpool have been linked with a move for Rennes attacker Paul-Georges Ntep.

According to a report in the French publication Eurosport.fr, Liverpool have targeted Rennes attacker Paul-Georges Ntep as an ideal replacement for Raheem Sterling.

As per the latest reports in the Daily Star, Manchester City are stepping up their efforts for the Reds’ contract rebel after being given the green light with regards to Financial Fair Play.

Sterling has long been linked with a move away from Merseyside due to his refusal to sign a new contract, and City look increasingly like his only realistic option this summer.

With the Reds’ braced for another bid from their Premier League rivals, reports in France suggest they hae already lined up a replacement in Rennes star Paul-Georges Ntep.

“Liverpool have always had in mid to sign Paul-Georges Ntep and Raheem Sterling leaves the club, Rennes will have to forget about keeping hold of their star player,” Eurosport.fr states.

Would Paul-Georges Ntep be a good signing for Liverpool?

The 22-year-old is predominantly a winger, though he can play anywhere along the frontline. Last season he scored nine goals and added five assists in 29 league starts, earning international recognition.

Ntep is undoubtedly a talented player, but the French market can sometimes prove unpredictable and the Reds during Gerard Houllier’s reign had little success when recruiting from south of the English channel.

A slight snag in a potential deal:

As per the report, the Anfield outfit are without doubt an attractive proposition but the upcoming Euro 2016 tournament in France could prompt Ntep to stay where he is in fear of missing out.

A move to Merseyside would represent a big risk in terms of playing regular first-team football, although the financial incentives would in contrast be extremely difficult to turn down.

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