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Liverpool interest in 20-goal Moanes Dabour justifies Victor Orta targeting

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Liverpool interest in 20-goal Moanes Dabour justifies Victor Orta targeting

Leeds United were targeting Dabour in 2017.

Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Moanes Dabour from Red Bull Salzburg. The Israeli striker has reportedly decided he would like to leave the Austrian club for one of Europe’s bigger leagues.

Estadio Deportivo reports that the player is wanted by Liverpool, as a potential back-up to Roberto Firmino with Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi’s long-term futures in doubt. The report also suggests that the likes of Valencia and Fulham are keeping tabs. The Israeli international has scored 20 goals in 30 games this season.

Salzburg’s Israeli striker Moanes Dabour (L) vies with Celtic’s Croatian-born Bosnian defender Jozo Simunovic during the UEFA Europa League group B football match between Celtic and Salzburg at Celtic Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland on December 13, 2018. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)

For Leeds United, it will come as vindication for their interest in 2017. In November that year, it was reported by the Daily Mail that Leeds were casting their net wide for a new striker. Dabour was one player shortlisted.  He had scored 13 goals in 18 games for Salzburg that season after impressing on loan at Grasshoppers Zurich the season previous.

Thomas Christiansen was the manager at the time and clearly felt Leeds needed another striker. Victor Orta must have earmarked Dabour as a potential target.

 

His incredible form since and the interest of such big clubs suggest Leeds were on to a winner.

Right now, it seems that Dabour is now out of Leeds’ price-range. However, this might be a story to keep tabs on if Leeds can successfully win promotion back to the Premier League this season.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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