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Liverpool rejected £26m January marquee man twice

Liverpool twice opted against signing £26m Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, according to reports from the Daily Star.

The Cote d’Ivoire ace switched from Swansea to the Etihad Stadium last month in the Premier League’s most expensive January deal after enjoying a successful 18 months in the south of Wales.

With Mario Balotelli’s move to Anfield having garnered much criticism, Liverpool’s decision to opt against making a move for Bony last year has been the subject of some debate already this term, with Brendan Rodgers’ side rumoured to have tracked him ahead of 2014/15.

And now reports claim that there were two other occasions that the club rejected the goal-getter.

The first came during his time as a youth player in 2007, with a trial on Merseyside unsuccessful as then manager Rafael Benitez was not suitably impressed by the African ace.

Bony then went on to shine for Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands, where he again attracted Liverpool:

“Wilfried Bony wants to leave the Eredivisie to play in the English Premier League.” His agent Dalimor Traore said when his client was in Holland.

“Liverpool scouts came to watch Bony. They want him, and Everton, Olympique Marseille, Bordeaux and Wigan also scouting him.”

Bony cost Man City £26m last month, which is a higher fee than Chelsea paid for Juan Cuadrado.

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