GOMES PLEASED WITH REDS INTEREST

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NUNO GOMES has reacted favourably to comments made about a move to Liverpool, after Reds manager Gerard Houllier publicly admitted his interest in the Portuguese international.

Houllier stated on Monday that Gomes was a player that was very much in his thoughts and he would have no qualms about bringing another striker in.

"I already have to contend with two unhappy strikers every week - why not make it three?" said Houllier.

Gomes, 25, has struggled to live up to his billing of Gabriel Batistuta's replacement in Florence and now a move away from the Artemio Franchi looks increasingly likely.

The former darling of Benfica seemed to be more than happy with Houllier's comments, despite the fact he had previously stated his unwillingness to move to England.

"Liverpool are a great club with a great trainer," Gomes told Radio Renaissance.

"His words of affection for me give me a good feeling.

"Thinking about it, I judge that I have the right attributes to be able to accustomise myself to English soccer, in addition at this moment in time Fiorentina have serious financial problems.

"Also, as it is known, my relationship with out trainer Roberto Mancini is not the best."

Manchester United are also very much in the hunt for Gomes and the fact the Fiorentina are not in Europe could persuade The Red Devils to challenge their bitter rivals for the Portuguese star's signature.

However, chief executive Peter Kenyon has revealed that it is unlikely that United will get the chequebook out again this season.

"You have to understand there was a deadline and we would want any player we brought in to play in that competition (Champions League)," said Kenyon.

"Most players that we would now be looking for would be cup-tied. It is highly unlikely we would now bring in any players before the end of the season.

"We believe we have got the right quality in depth to compete in all the competitions we are in."