Forest Join Race For Liverpool Winger

Sunday, 25 May 2008, 8:49
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Anderson clearly turned heads at the twice European Champions this season to such an extent that they want to make a permanent move rather than the loan move that others are targetting.  And it also shows the difference in level the Swans are moving to – Calderwood is also believed to be close to securing a £2.8m double swoop for Derby pair Lewis Nyatanga and Robert Earnshaw.

But it is the move for Anderson that will disappoint the Swans with Roberto only yesterday declaring that he was waiting for a response from Liverpool about the player who scored 10 goals whilst on loan at the Liberty last season.  He was also voted by Swans fans as their young player of the year.

There has always been optimism in the Swansea camp that Anderson may return next season but Liverpool's resolve will be tested if the reports of the bid are right and it seems doubtful that the Swans would lump in with a similar bid unless someone left Swansea on a big money deal.

Instead it looks set to see Roberto looking elsewhere for other gems and with his track record behind him you would have to have a reasonably high level of confidence in believing he will do just that.

Next season will prove to be a testing one as well in what is now the fourth most watched league in the world – eclipsing even Serie A in terms of attendances according to Wales on Sunday.  Only yesterday Hull beat Bristol City in what is termed the most expensive prize in world football with £60m the riches that await those promoted into the Premiership.

“It just shows how far we've come in the last five or six years,” chairman Huw Jenkins said.

“We've gone from battling against the threat of non-league football to a league where the prize for promotion is £60m.

“That really hit home when I was watching the last day of the Championship recently.

“There are a lot of big-name players at that level, people who’ve played a lot of games in the Premier League.”

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