HOULLIER TARGETS STARLET SJOLUND
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
With the Cameroon international defender seemingly on the verge of switching to Upton Park, Gerard Houllier is attempting to negotiate the arrival of Sjolund as part of the deal.
The Hammers starlet is rated as one of the top prospects at the club, after the East Londoners beat off competition from all over Europe, including capital rivals Tottenham, to sign him a year ago.
An impressive double in the European Under-21 championships against his English peers in October, during a 2-2 draw in Valkaekoski, further enhanced the 17-year-old`s growing reputation.
"I have spoken to Rick Parry at Liverpool concerning Song, but we are talking to a number of clubs about players," said West Ham`s managing director Paul Aldridge.
"Our young striker Daniel Sjolund could go the other way to facilitate the deal. But nothing is settled yet."
The tricky forward had told the official West Ham website that he was happy to wait for his chance in the reserves, so the prospect of a dream transfer to Merseyside will come as a major surprise.
"I am still young and there is no pressure on me right now," he said.
"I will just try and play more reserve games and then we will see.
"I am quite happy right now and have no regrets about choosing West Ham amongst the clubs froom different countries that wanted me."
After being voted the best Under-18 player in his native country recently, things could be about to get even better for Sjolund if Houllier succeeds in his bid to bring him to Anfield.