Shankly woos Strong

Friday, November 6 – 1964
Liverpool steam into London tonight for transfer talks with £40,000 inside forward Geoff Strong of Arsenal. Arsenal have given Liverpool manager Bill Shankly and his directors permission to wine and dine Strong as they try to tempt him to Merseyside.

And if the business behind the pleasantries succeeds, Strong could be in Liverpool’s team against Fulham at Craven Cottage tomorrow.

It depends on how quickly the three-way tangle of finance is sorted out between the clubs and player.

A week ago Strong was attacked by Aston Villa manager Dick Taylor for his big cash demands after Villa had agreed a fee with Arsenal.

Last night champions Liverpool pointed out that their players are among the highest paid in the game.

And they promise big rewards to Strong if he can help limping Liverpool earn it. Strong said last night: “We shall have to wait and see what happens now.” But Liverpool wanting his strength in the place of injured Alf Arrowsmith, will plainly get a receptive hearing.
(Daily Express, 06-11-1964)

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