Regretful Rodgers weighs up move for Ivorian

Shanghai Shenhua striker Didier DrogbaLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted he would not have allowed Andy Carroll to join West Ham had he known he would be unable to strengthen his squad and is poised to make a sensational move for Didier Drogba, according to the Daily Star.

Drogba’s management company have rubbished reports he has left Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. But his future there seems uncertain amid reports of a power struggle and the club’s inability to pay his wages. The Anfield boss is also considering bringing striker Michael Owen back to Anfield as he desperately tries to boost his threadbare striking resources. Former Liverpool striker Owen is a free agent while Didier Drogba may also become available as uncertainty surrounds his future at Shanghai Shenhua.

Rodgers let England striker Carroll leave for Upton Park as he was convinced he would bring in either Fulham’s Clint Dempsey or Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge on loan. The Reds boss, who has the option of recalling Carroll from his season long-loan in January, insists he was not misled by the club’s American owners Fenway Sports Group over transfers. But neither of the incoming deals materialised, with FSG understood to be reluctant to meet a £6m asking price for 29-year-old Dempsey. The United States international moved to Tottenham instead, leaving Rodgers short of resources but denying there were already boardroom tensions with the Americans after the 2-0 defeat left them without a Premier League win.