Liverpool plan double raid on Hammers

LIVERPOOL are planning a �15m double swoop for West Ham pair Matt Upson and Herita Ilunga. (Daily Star)Kop boss Rafa Benitez is already eyeing a �12m move for Hammers striker Carlton Cole, 26.

LIVERPOOL are planning a �15m double swoop for West Ham pair Matt Upson and Herita Ilunga. (Daily Star)

Kop boss Rafa Benitez is already eyeing a �12m move for Hammers striker Carlton Cole, 26.

But the Londoners are holding out for around �20m for the England star which is likely to stretch the Reds' budget too far.

Benitez will go back to the East End for Upson, 30, and Ilunga, 27, if he fails to prise Cole away.


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The Spaniard is aware of the Hammers' financial difficulties and knows a �15m fee could be hard for them to resist.

Benitez is a massive fan of Upson and was heavily linked with a swoop for the England centre-back this summer.

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And he tried to hijack the Hammers' move to make Ilunga's loan from Toulouse permanent.

The left-back position has been a problem area for Liverpool since John Arne Riise's move to Roma.

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