Liverpool agree fee of £2.5m
for Aston Villa's Luke Young
Liverpool have made a surprise move for the Aston Villa
full-back Luke Young.
Roy Hodgson, the Liverpool manager, tried to sign Young
earlier this year when he was in charge of Fulham and he has
now rekindled his interest in the former England
Liverpool have agreed a £2.5m fee for a player who has been
told he is surplus to requirements at Villa Park.
Hodgson hopes for more arrivals
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson spent the afternoon unveiling new
signings Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic and Danny Wilson to the
press at Anfield, and admitted he hopes more signings are on
Hodgson also hinted that Javier Mascherano could soon be
heading for an exit from Merseyside, after handing in a
transfer request yesterday. The estimated £25million made
from the Argentine’s sale could help fund new players
in the Reds squad.
Hodgson said, “We’re still interested in some other players.
I hope this won’t be the last of our signings. The aim of
the club – the aim of the board, Christian Purslow and
everyone at the club – is to try and make this squad as
competitive as possible.”
(This is Anfield)
Sociedad eye Reds starlet
Liverpool youngster Dani Pacheco is a target for La Liga new
Pacheco, who made his debut for Liverpool last season, is
highly-rated at Anfield after joining the club from
Barcelona in the summer of 2007.
The talented forward is currently impressing at the Under 19
European Championship with Spain and Real Sociedad are keen
to bring him back to his homeland on a loan deal.
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson could consider loaning out
Pacheco so that he could gain some valuable first-team
Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay has confirmed Pacheco is
one of their targets, but he is unsure if they will be able
to strike a deal for the player.
"Certainly Real Socieded are interested in Pacheco,"
El Mundo Deportivo.
"He is a player we have followed, but we do not know if we
can realise this operation."
Insua's Viola move in doubt
Liverpool defender Emiliano Insua's move to Fiorentina is in
danger of falling through, according to the Serie A club.
Fiorentina fear the player's wage demands could put the
Argentine's switch to the Artemio Franchi in jeopardy.
Insua seemed set to leave Liverpool after Fiorentina agreed
an undisclosed fee with the Merseyside side for the
However, Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino has
warned Insua that he might have to take a drop in wages to
tie up the move to Italy.
"We have an agreement with the English club, but we have to
find an understanding with the player in terms of wages,"
Corvino told Quotidianopuglia.it.
"We cannot guarantee him the figures that he gets at
Dani nets final spot for Spain
Daniel Pacheco was at his brilliant best as he netted to
help Spain reach the final of the UEFA U19 European
Championships after a 3-1 win over England.
The Reds No.47 took his tally to four goals in the
tournament and it comes the day after he was crowned
Goal.com's World Player of the Week.
He netted the opening goal after 12 minutes and Keko and
Sergio Canales were also on the mark.
Chris Mavinga's France host Croatia in the other semi-final
(LFC Official Website)
Liverpool's new teenage defender Danny Wilson is looking
forward to trying to establish himself in Roy Hodgson's
The 18-year-old centre-back signed last week from Rangers
for an initial fee of £2million in a deal which could rise
"Since I have come to the club everyone has been so positive
with me," he said.
"It is exciting for me to come to a club this size and now I
just want to get
on with it."
Joe Cole: I'll give my
best years to Liverpool FC
Joe Cole believes Liverpool FC will benefit from his best
years as a footballer and hopes he can help the club end
their long wait for a Barclays Premier League title.
But he knows that will not be an easy task as Liverpool FC
have not won a championship since 1990, coming closest to
ending that drought in 2008/09 when they ran were a close
second behind Manchester United.
"The target of a club like this is the number one place,"
"You just look at the history of the place and it is great
that I am pulling on the same shirt as people like Kenny
Dalglish, John Barnes - great players.
"I wouldn’t have come to the club if I didn’t think we could
do things and I just need time and games and we will all do
Mascherano wants out,
Torres set to stay
Javier Mascherano wants to leave Liverpool, the club's
manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed.
Hodgson has had more positive news from Spain striker
Fernando Torres, who has confirmed his intention to return
to the club on Monday and to remain
Drenthe not joining Liverpool and
Facebook page was a hoax, claims agent
Royston Drenthe's agent has rubbished reports
that his client is about
to join Liverpool.
A Facebook post purporting to be from the Real Madrid full
back claimed that a deal had been done, with the Dutchman
allegedly signing off, "I hope I will have a good season".
His agent told BBC Sport today: "Royston does not have a
Facebook page, a Twitter page or a MySpace page. We will be
taking legal action against the person who set up this false
Royston Drenthe account.
"Royston is definitely staying at Real Madrid. He is happy
there, he has spoken to the club directors and is looking
forward to the new season at the Bernabeu."
Jansen committed to Hamburg
Germany full-back Marcell Jansen is committed to Hamburg
despite interest from Liverpool, according to his agent.
The 24-year-old joined the Bundesliga club after an
unsuccessful stint at rivals Bayern Munich for £7million in
2008 and was part of Germany's World Cup squad that finished
in third place.
Jansen scored the opener in the Germans' 3-2 win over
Uruguay and has reportedly caught the eye of Liverpool boss
Roy Hodgson following his performances for Hamburg.
The Reds are looking for a left-back after selling Emiliano
Insua to Fiorentina and releasing Fabio Aurelio, meaning
they have no senior cover for the position.
Hodgson has been linked with moves for Paul Konchesky,
Maynor Figueroa and Carlos Salcido, but so far none have
come to fruition.
Jansen's ability to play as a left winger could be a reason
behind a possible bid, but agent Gerd vom Bruch stated that
the player was committed to his
"The interest in him is a credit to Marcell," he told the
"But he is under contract with Hamburger SV and will be
Lucas lands Brazil recall
Lucas Leiva has been recalled to
the Brazil squad for their friendly with the USA on August
The Reds midfielder missed out on a place in his country's
World Cup party earlier this summer but has now been
restored to the set-up by new boss Mano Menezes, who coached
Lucas while he was at Gremio.
(LFC Official Website)
Carragher tips top
men to stick around
Liverpool's Jamie Carragher is confident star players Steven
Gerrard and Fernando Torres will "still be involved at the
club next season".
Carragher believes, after the signing of fellow England
international Joe Cole and the arrival of new manager Roy
Hodgson, Liverpool's star pair will be around to help them
recover from their disappointing seventh-placed finish last
"There's been a lot of negativity and it's been like that
for a while," said the centre-back. "I'm sure that Steven
Gerrard and Fernando Torres will still be involved at the
club next season."
Mascherano wants Anfield exit
Sources close to Javier Mascherano are confirming the player
hopes to leave Anfield this summer and suggest he has
informed the club of that intention.
"The talks were extremely amicable. It was all done in a
very nice way. Javier made it clear that he wanted to leave
a year ago when he and the chance to go to Barcelona," one
source is quoted as saying before reiterating that it has
been the player's intention to leave for the past year."
Hodgson ponders Gerrard inclusion
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson says he may use some senior
players earlier than his medical team are advising.
The Reds travel to Macedonia to take on Rabotnicki Skopje in
the Europa League third qualifying round on Thursday.
And Hodgson could opt to start with the likes of captain
Steven Gerrard and new signing Joe Cole having planned to
rest those involved in the 2010 World Cup.
"I don't know what to do at this stage," said new boss
Hodgson, who is to make his decision on Tuesday."
(BBC Sport Online)
for Hodgson meeting
Javier Mascherano met up with new Liverpool manager Roy
Hodgson for the first time on Monday after returning to
The Argentina captain has been uncontactable since going on
holiday after the World Cup but was back at Melwood on
schedule along with compatriot
Hodgson tried to speak to the 26-year-old, who has been
heavily linked with a summer reunion with former Reds boss
Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan, following the end of the
player's involvement in South Africa.
However, the 62-year-old Englishman was only able to leave
messages for Mascherano telling him he was looking forward
to meeting him back on Merseyside as his calls were not
Hodgson will outline his plans to Mascherano in much the
same way as he has already done to senior players Steven
Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Fernando Torres in an attempt
to persuade him he has a future at Anfield.
But there still remains a nagging doubt that the combative
midfielder, who was offered a new contract in the latter
stages of last season, has set his sights on a move to the
Peripheral Real Madrid star
"I will soon be joining Liverpool"
Real Madrid winger Royston Drenthe has reportedly told the
Daily Star that he will shortly be joining Roy Hodgson’s
The former Holland Under-21 international has endured an
underwhelming spell at the Bernabeu since moving there from
Feyenoord in 2007, and according to the Daily Star, he has
confirmed that he is all set to join Liverpool in the next
few days via his personal Facebook page.
Reds handed Aqua boost
Alberto Aquilani has handed Roy Hodgson a fitness boost
ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash against FK
The Italy international missed Saturday's 1-0 defeat in
Kaiserslautern with a knee injury, but has responded well to
treatment after returning to Melwood.
Boss Roy Hodgson said: "Peter (Brukner) told me he ran for
the first time
"So I would expect him to be fit for Thursday."
(LFC Official Website)
Tiago to Liverpool
Liverpool are chasing Juventus midfielder Tiago.
The People says Juve have offered former Chelsea midfielder
Tiago Mendes to Liverpool as a potential replacement for
Jovanovic: I am proud
to be Liverpool player
Milan Jovanovic is excited about his Liverpool move.
The Serb made his debut in yesterday's defeat to
He said: "We have got a young team with much talent and
potential but, if we score first, the situation will change
and we will get much more confidence.
"I am really looking forward to it. For all players all over
the world, you have to be proud when Liverpool come for you.
It is great to be here.
"I have got to use every minute and every small chance in
every game for Liverpool to show I deserve to be here."
City would break
record for Torres
Roberto Mancini has confirmed Manchester City are willing to
underwrite a British record transfer fee for Fernando Torres
should the Spaniard decide
to leave Liverpool.
The City manager, who has taken his summer spending to €93
million with the €22.5 million arrival of Aleksandar Kolarov
from Lazio, said: “Torres is one of the best strikers in
Europe and is already playing in the Premier League for
three years. But it depends on his situation – his price and
whether he wants to come."
(The Irish Times)
Dalglish tips Torres
to stay at Anfield
Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish says he hopes
striker Fernando Torres will commit his future to the club.
The 26-year-old has been linked with a move away from
Anfield, but Dalglish said he felt the arrival of new boss
Roy Hodgson could persuade him to stay.
Captain Steven Gerrard has since said he expects to stay at
the club, while Joe Cole has signed from Chelsea.
"When Torres sees that and talks with Roy I'm sure he'll
give us good news," Dalglish told 5 live's Sportsweek.
(BBC Sport Online)