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Rumour Mongering: Stephane Mbia Pursued by All of Merseyside

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Today on Arbitrary World Cup Connections we explore a story connecting Cameroon midfielder Stephane Mbia with a move to Liverpool or Everton.

Clive Brunskill

The group stage is half over at the 2014 World Cup, and several nations already know whether or not they've secured a place in the knockout rounds or if they should instead turn their attentions to rounding up all the stray socks in their hotel rooms before heading home. Cameroon were the first casualties of Group A, which means their players are now ripe for the picking by clubs looking to get in a bit of early business before the transfer window opens in eleven days.

The Daily Star's rumour du jour is that Queens Park Rangers' Stephane Mbia is being hotly pursued by both Liverpool and Everton. The defensive midfielder has apparently caught Brendan Rodgers' eye after other DM targets proved untenable, but it's unclear where, if true, Mbia would fit in amongst Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva, and the futurific Emre Can.

Mbia spent the season on loan at Sevilla and played a part in helping the Spanish club win Europa League; naturally, they hope to keep him on board now that his contract is up at QPR. Still, Rodgers might find something appealing in the free transfer of a veteran player in a position that needs shoring up, but at only twenty-eight years-old, Mbia might not yet be ready to play a Kolo Touré-esque support role in the event that he actually ends up at Liverpool.

Mbia made 30 appearances for Sevilla across all competitions in 2013/14, scoring five goals and four assists.