GOMES NOT FAZED BY HOULLIER INTEREST
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Fiorentina forward, who has also caught the attention of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, has admitted he wants to remain in Italy, with Milan one of the clubs keen to sign him.
La Viola, in the midsts of a financial crisis off the pitch, and a performance crisis on it, may have to cash in on the Euro 2000 star, although Houllier's belief that the 25-year-old could be available on a free transfer may be wide of the mark.
The former Benfica star is under contract until 2005, and Fiorentina are demanding a fee in a bid to ease their crippling debts.
"We are aware that Gomes is a good player and that he could be available on a free transfer," confirmed Houllier on Liverpool's official website.
"If we are told a player is available for free, and we think he is good enough, then we will take a look at them.
"There is no more to it than that for now."
The revelation is sure to increase speculation that Robbie Fowler could be on his way out of Anfield, despite assurances that the England striker has a future on Merseyside.
United's interest in the talented hit-man, yet to be officially confirmed by the Premiership champions, would also seem to place a question mark over the Old Trafford careers of either Dwight Yorke or Andy Cole.
Gomes, however, has indicated that he will stay in Italy and not contemplate a move to The Premiership.
"Talks are continuing with my agent," he declared. "I want to stay but next year is the World Cup.
"If I must leave Fiorentina, I would want to remain in Italy.
"England does not appeal to me."