John Aldridge has reveled in his Sunday World column that former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez once spurned the chance to sign Everton star Seamus Coleman. Aldridge explained that then Sligo Rovers boss Paul Cook - who had previously worked with Aldridge at Tranmere - recommended Coleman to Liverpool only to be knocked back.
“If Rafael Benitez had been a little more open-minded during his final year as Liverpool manager, Seamus Coleman could be wearing a red shirt at Anfield last night and not a blue Everton jersey,”
“Paul knew this kid was top drawer and he rang some contacts at Liverpool and tried to encourage them to take a look at Coleman, but Benitez rejected his advances and said he wasn’t interested.
“Every time I see him, I can’t help but lament what might have been for Liverpool."
Aldridge's lament could get worse if David Moyes and Manchester United act on their supposed interest. The Sunday People reports today that Moyes in classic transfer talk is "ready to raid" his old club for the Donegal native.
It's unknown if United's interest in Coleman has advanced to "preparing a bid" or even if Everton are "bracing themselves".