Liverpool to make swap swoop for Tottenham winger in January?

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According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are interested in Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon, and will offer £7m plus out of favor winger Jermaine Pennant for Lennon in January.

Lennon has gotten off to a very good start this season, and he was recently the subject of reported interest from Real Madrid.

Liverpool already have no shortage of players to occupy the flanks right now, so one might question why Lennon would even consider going from somewhere he’s in the starting XI almost every time out to being a part of a rotation. Well, besides the ability to win the Premier League and Champions League, Pennant is likely on his way out of Anfield before long, and Ryan Babel could soon follow.

Rafa Benitez’s rotation has room for many, but it hasn’t had much room for Pennant, who’s made only four appearances this season. At the present, he’s not worth the £6.7m that Liverpool paid for him in 2006, but considering that Harry Redknapp has previously had an interest in him, Redknapp could consider a deal that includes Pennant.

However, if I was Redknapp, I’d be thinking more Ryan Babel than Pennant if this deal was going to be a reality for both sides. Sure, the amount of cash he’d likely receive in the deal would be less, but if Babel unleashes his potential, he could be an immediate fixture in Tottenham’s starting lineup. Whether or not Benitez would consider offloading Babel in January is another story, but that might be the only way he can get Lennon.

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