Date: 10th July 2013 at 11:00am
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Aly CissokhoIs there any foreign League player who has picked up more links to the Premier League than Aly Cissokho? Every summer (and every January, for that matter) there seem to be three-or-four club’s in the mix for the man’s signature.

Even his move to Valencia last summer hasn’t dampened speculation regarding Cissokho and the chance of him joining a British club. He’s only made 20 appearances for his new club, but may well move on again this summer.

It’s easy to see why so many clubs are interested. The man is a true athlete. Going forward, he’s a real force. He’s extremely nippy, can take players on and has energy levels above and beyond your typical footballer. Whilst he’s not as effective defensively, his pace does allow him to respond quickly to threats.

According to The Mirror, Liverpool are still hoping they can tempt the 25-year-old away from La Liga, in a £4m deal. This would be quite a coup, considering clubs like Inter Milan and Lyon were offering approximately 15m  euros for the sprightly left-back in 2009.

£4m is a good sum for a player who is among the best full-backs in world football.

Brendan Rodgers is in the middle of re-building a club that is going through a tough phase. The Reds were dreadful last year and even worse the year before that. Nothing the club tries seems to be paying off and it’s forced Liverpool into a transitional period.

But the signs are there that things are getting better. Last January, Brendan signed Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho. Both players have shown signs of promise. Indeed, I can foresee Sturridge excelling in his first full season at Anfield.

Suffice to say, Rodgers looks to have a handle on this whole transfer business. He’s been extremely busy this summer, signing affordable players who will be able to make an immediate impact at the club.

Aly Cissokho would be another signing in this vein. Another step along the path towards making a truly competitive Liverpool squad. For just £4m, it’s hardly the biggest gamble that the Reds will make this summer. If anything, it looks like a smart investment.

I’d argue that it’s time to finally make his move to the Premier League happen.

What’s your take? Would you like to see Liverpool complete a deal for Valencia’s speed-king, Aly Cissokho?

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