Reds make Simao move
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool are planning a beat the deadline move for Benfica winger Simao Sabrosa.Liverpool are planning a beat-the-deadline move for Benfica winger Simao Sabrosa.
Reds boss Rafa Benitez has made a right-sided midfielder his top priority as he looks to bolster his squad.
Benitez decided against making a move to bring Michael Owen back to Anfield and has now focused his attentions on luring Simao to England.
The Spaniard has been frustrated in his attempts to bring in a right-sided winger this summer after seeing Stelios Giannakopoulos stay with Bolton and a move for Nolberto Solano fail to materialise.
Liverpool officials are reported to have travelled to Portugal to hold talks with Benfica over a move for Simao.
The European champions are believed to have initially offered é¼10 million for the former Barcelona ace, but that bid was rejected out of hand by Benfica.
The Portuguese champions are keen to keep hold of their captain, but Liverpool are thought to have upped their offer to é¼15 million in a bid to land the pacey winger.
Liverpool are now hoping that Benfica will accept their offer and that they can push through a deal for Simao before the transfer window slams shut at midnight on Wednesday.