Striker Liverpool wanted for £12m joins Croatian club for free in attempt to save career

Hajduk Split

Artem Milevskiy is now a Hajduk Split player - but it has been an interesting journey for the former Liverpool target.

In December of 2010 it was heavily reported that Liverpool were on the brink of signing Ukrainian forward Artem Milevskiy. The Minsk-born striker had originally caught the eye of big teams, when, he guided Ukraine to the final of the 2006 European Under-21 Championships and had been banging in the goals for the past five seasons with Dynamo Kiev.

Roy Hodgson was the man behind the interest. The now England manager was said ready to splash £12 million on the player. Unfortunately for Milevskiy the deal collapsed - when Hodgson was sacked by Liverpool in January.

Two years later and the reports came back. Milevskiy was still impressing in Ukraine - scoring 54 goals in 122 games over the past three seasons - and Liverpool were rumoured to be considering a move for the player, as Kiev admitted they were prepared to listen to offers for his services.

This time they felt the price-tag was too high and Brendan Rodgers bought in Daniel Sturridge instead.

Well Milevskiy was on the move yesterday, but it was far from a £12 million switch to Anfield. He joined Croatian side Hajduk Split on a free transfer - after what has been a woeful two years.

Off the field problems and injury issues have seen him arrive at this place just four years after Liverpool were ready to spend big on the striker.

In the 2012-13 season he scored a grand total of zero goals for Kiev - and was released by the club at the end of the campaign.

He joined Turkish side Gaziantepspor that summer. His time at the club was memorable, for all the wrong reasons. He gained a reputation for poor discipline and an alcohol problem. He crashed his Ferrari California at high speed, whilst over the drink-drive limit, in November of 2013. A month later and his contract was terminated by mutual consent. His record for Gaz, nine games; one goal.

His reputation now had the better of him, and not many clubs were willing to snap him up - despite being a freebie with all the talent to be a leading striker. So he moved to Kazakhstan, joining FC Aktobe. Well, at least he did - for a week, when his contract was again cancelled by mutual consent.

Now, a player with the mercurial ability of Dimitar Berbatov but with the self-destruct button of a post-pubescent Justin Bieber, is looking to start afresh in Croatia, with one of the country's most prestigious and famous clubs.

If he lasts longer than a week, that will be a start for this player Liverpool must be glad they never signed.

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