Thursday, 31 December 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Maxi Rodriguez on his way to LIVERPOOL FC

Argentina v Venezuela - 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifier

RAFA BENITEZ has agreed to sign long-term target Maxi Rodriguez from Atletico Madrid, according to sources inside Liverpool FC.

The Reds boss was linked with a swoop for the winger back in 2008 but has now secured a deal to bring him to Anfield on a short-term loan with a view to a permanent transfer.

The deal is perfect for cash-strapped Liverpool as Rodriguez, out of favour at Atletico, is out of contract in the summer and would not command a fee.

The 35-times capped midfielder, who has hit 30 goals in 107 appearances for Atletico, is desperate for first-team football to secure his place in Argentina's World Cup squad.

He will link up with fellow countryman Javier Mascherano on Merseyside.

An official announcement of the deal is expected once a transfer for striker Andrei Voronin is concluded.