Reports from the continent suggest that Rafa Benitez is keen to loan out David N’Gog next season in order to give him more first-team experience.
The 19 year-old French striker has made 14 appearances since his £1.5m move from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. He has scored two goals – his first against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions’ League and his second, which was his first Premier League goal, in a 2-0 win over Sunderland earlier this month.
N’Gog’s chances of establishing himself at Liverpool are slim, however, because of Benitez’s favoured formation which sees Fernando Torres operating as a lone striker. First-team football would be easier to come by at another club and Benitez is keen to continue N’Gog’s development at a high level. The French papers hint that Stoke and Birmingham are also interested in his services, but Fulham appear to have made the first move.
Fulham are certainly in the market for a new striker. Roy Hodgson looked at Nikola Zigic and Alvaro Negredo in the January window and tried to bring back Brian McBride on loan. It seems clear that Bobby Zamora’s place in the first team might well be in doubt for next season and N’Gog could well be an exciting replacement.