No Roma return for Aquilani
Albero Aquilani's agent has quashed rumours suggesting his
client could be on his way back to Roma.
The midfielder only left the Serie A club for Liverpool last
summer, completing a big-money move to England.
His debut season at Anfield did not go entirely to plan,
with niggling injuries hindering his progress.
However, Aquilani remains determined to make his mark in the
Premier League and hopes a fresh start under new Reds boss
Roy Hodgson will allow him
As a result, he has no intention of moving on and his
representative has been quick to play down reports of an
imminent return to Italy.
Franco Zavaglia told calcionews24.com: "Is Aquilani going to
be returning to Roma? I completely rule that out. That is
not true at all, this is just paper talk."
Palermo not given up
on Liverpool’s Lucas
Palermo sporting director Walter Sabatini still believes
there is a small chance the club could capture Liverpool
midfielder Lucas Leiva.
The Serie A outfit confirmed earlier this month they had
made a bid for the Brazilian, but denied it was as high as
Sabatini says the two clubs are still talking and believes a
deal could be done if the Italian club can up its bid.
He told Mediagol.it: "Is there a dialogue with Liverpool for
"Yes, there is still a dialogue even if it is a marginal
dialogue. Do Liverpool say he is unsellable - I believe that
there is room for flexibility.
"How much would he cost? They evaluate him at €10million
(£8.31m) but with €6-7 million I think maybe that the deal
could be closed if the club would be willing to invest that
He added to Live Sicilia: "Lucas? It is a remote
possibility, we must try
to be patient."
Poulsen “to sign next week”
The agent of Danish international midfielder Christian
Poulsen expects the player to complete his £4million move to
Liverpool next week.
Poulsen is being lined up as Javier Mascherano‘s
replacement, with the Argetine expected to sign for Inter
Hodgson hopes to have 30-year-old Poulsen in the squad and
available for Liverpool’s first Premier League game of the
season, against Arsenal
on August 15th.
Poulsen’s agent, Jorn Bonnesen, told Ekstra Bladet, “It
won’t take more than a week before this is sorted out. It
might be already in the beginning of next week. Christian
Poulsen is Roy’s man.
“He will be playing as defensive midfielder at Liverpool. I
returned home with a good and positive impression.”
(This is Anfield)
Reds to face Trabzonspor
Liverpool have been drawn to face Turkish side Trabzonspor
in the play-off round of the Europa League.
The first leg of the tie will take place at Anfield on
Thursday, August 19, with the return to take place at the
Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium a week later on August 26.
Kick-off times are still to be confirmed.
Who are Trabzonspor?
Trabzonspor are nicknamed Bordo-Mavililer - the
They play their home games at the Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium,
which has a capacity of approximately 20,000.
They've enjoyed great success over the years, winning the
Turkish Super League six times, and the Turkish Cup on eight
Trabzonspor lifted the latter earlier this year after
beating Fenerbahce 3-1 in the final, while they claimed a
fifth-placed finish in the league.
They are managed by Senol Gunes, who famously led Turkey to
third in the 2002 World Cup finals.
Liverpool have met Trabzonspor once before as the two sides
clashed in the second round of the 1976-77 European Cup.
After losing the first leg 1-0 in Turkey, the Reds ran out
comprehensive 3-0 winners in the return meeting thanks to
goals from Steve Heighway, David Johnson and Kevin Keegan.
(LFC Official Website)
Anfield demands answers
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is left with little choice but
to plan his summer spending without factoring in a penny of
the £150m transfer fund promised within the Chinese bid to
take ownership of the club.
The Anfield board yesterday sought categoric confirmation of
the finances behind the proposed buy-out headed by Kenny
Huang -- which the club's investment bankers maintain is a
credible offer -- after the sovereign wealth fund linked to
the deal was reported to have denied any link to or
knowledge of Huang and the bid for Liverpool.
Chinese media dubious
Reports that China's sovereign wealth fund was backing a
potential bid to buy Liverpool have been received with
scepticism by the country's media.
While state media have not reported the story, other
newspapers and websites reacted with disbelief to a report
that China Investment Corp (CIC) was behind businessman
Kenny Huang's possible bid for the club.
"There is very little chance Huang is backed by state
capital," commentator Huang Jiaxin wrote in the Chinese
"Huang's promises of keeping Fernando Torres, buying (World
Player of the Year) Lionel Messi and building a new stadium
is not that reliable.
"It sounds similar to (Shanghai Shenhua football club owner)
Zhu Jun's previous publicity about buying Liverpool and the
English media's fantasies about Chinese capital buying
Chinese-born businessman Huang said on Wednesday he was
interested in investing in the Premier League club. The
latest reports suggest that Huang has confirmed his bid but
has not confirmed that the Chinese government is involved.
CIC's communications department declined to comment on the
Pacheco commits to Liverpool
Liverpool have been boosted by the news that young Spanish
striker Dani Pacheco has revealed he is keen to stay at the
club, amid speculation linking him with a return to Spain.
Pacheco had a fantastic U19 European Championships for his
country, finishing the tournament’s top goalscorer with 4
goals, and helping Spain to the final – where they were
eventually beaten by host country, France.
But the 19-year-old’s impressive form has caught the eye of
some of Spain’s top clubs, with lots of praise being heaped
on the promising star.
“I really want to be here,” he told Click Liverpool. “I will
talk with the manager in a few days and we will decide my
“Hopefully I will stay and be able to get some games so we
will see. I will try to work, get as many chances as I can
and take them when they happen.
“I’m glad to be back and playing for the first team. I’m
really happy that the manager showed confidence to give me
so I will try to work hard to repay him.”
Pacheco was named in Roy Hodgson’s first Anfield starting
line-up last night as Liverpool ran out 2-0 winners over FK
Rabotnicki in the Europa League.
(This is Anfield)
Chinese rep: Offer will benefit
Liverpool - not current owners
A key player in the Chinese group targeting Liverpool says
their approach is in the best interests of the club.
Marc Ganis, whose Chicago-based company Sportscorp Ltd, has
helped form the investment group, said that any takeover
would not enrich American co-owners Tom Hicks and George
Instead, he has implied that a significant amount of cash
would be given to construct the long-delayed new stadium
which will replace Anfield.
He has also suggested that a large sum would be available to
invest in new signings which would make a debt-free
Liverpool major challengers in the upcoming campaign.
Ganis said: "We haven't submitted a formal proposal but we
submitted the broad parameters of what a proposal would look
like to see if it would be welcomed, and it was.
"What is not one of our goals is the enrichment of the
"If we submit a proposal and it is accepted, it would be
focused on the future and not the past."
Reds loan out Degen
Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart have confirmed the arrival of
Liverpool right-back Philipp Degen on a season-long loan.
The 27-year-old Switzerland international moved to Anfield
on a free transfer in 2008 from Borussia Dortmund.
He made just seven Premier League appearances in two seasons
for Liverpool and the move sees Degen reunited with
Stuttgart coach Christian Gross, the pair having worked
together at Basel.
Degen, who has 31 caps to his name, stated: "For me this
loan represents a great chance to rediscover my best form."
Stuttgart finished sixth to Bayern Munich last season, a
result that qualified them for this season's Europa League.
Defour chase on hold
until next summer
Liverpool and Manchester United will have to wait until next
summer to battle it out to sign Belgian midfielder Steven
Defour, according to the player’s
agent Paul Stefani.
The Belgian international will instead spend the forthcoming
season in his current surroundings at Standard Liege.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was thought to
be leading the race to sign the player while Liverpool,
Chelsea and Manchester City are also closely monitoring the
Defour, 22, won the Golden Shoe in 2008, the official award
for the most valuable player in the Belgian league, however
the leg break sustained in September 2009 kept the talented
midfielder on the sidelines for much of the last campaign.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson even wrote to the player to
commiserate over the leg break which ruled him out of much
of last season’s Champions League campaign promising to keep
in touch with the youngsters progress.
Representative Stefani revealed yesterday: "It's highly
likely Steven will be a Liege player this season.
"In the future, you don't know. Of course there is interest
from some clubs but Steven wants to play more games at his
"He has had an injury and needs to get back playing
regularly, so for now it's best if he stays put."
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is already concerned about
fixture congestion before a ball has even been kicked in the
Barclays Premier League.
Next Wednesday, three days before the start of the new
campaign, England have a friendly at home to Hungary.
Hodgson’s players will at least have an extra days’ rest
before they face Arsenal in their opening game at Anfield on
the following Sunday before they tackle a Europa League
play-off four days later.
The draw for that takes place later today in Nyon and could
present Liverpool with a 5,500-mile round trip to face
Qarabag in Azerbaijan on the fringes
of western Asia.
Hodgson has no argument with the international date as it
had been set in stone by FIFA but feels the Premier League
could have been more accommodating
as a result.
“It is frustrating not just for me, but for 90% of my
said the Liverpool boss.
“In the Premier League there are very few teams who don’t
have a lot of international players on their books going
“Unfortunately FIFA set this date a long time back and we
have known August 11 is a FIFA date.
“It is a bit unfortunate they have decided to start the
league three days after that.
“In my opinion, it would have been nice if that could have
been pushed back and we had same sort of time the teams in
Italy, Spain and Germany have to prepare because their
leagues don’t start until after ours.”
Starlet signs new deal
Academy forward Krisztian Adorjan has signed a professional
contract with Liverpool Football Club.
The deal will keep the 17-year-old Hungarian at the club
He was previously registered on a scholarship after
following the likes of Krisztian Nemeth from MTK in Hungary
Adorjan plays as a second striker and scored on his Anfield
debut against Wolves in last season's FA Youth Cup.
(LFC Official Website)
Hodgson won't splash
new Liverpool cash
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson says he is not expecting to
embark on a mass spending spree before the transfer window
shuts, even if new owners come into the club.
The five-time European champions are in advanced talks with
a number of potential buyers that could see Hodgson being
handed a large sum of money to spend on strengthening his
team. One of those suitors is reported to be backed by the
But even if he is given the green light to go out and spend
big, Hodgson does not envisage he will have enough time to
invest huge sums in the current window, which closes at the
end of August. "If and when a takeover is about to happen
then I'm sure I'll be informed," said Hodgson.
"It would be nice if one day an enormous amount of money is
made available. But we would have to make sure we do our
research on each and every player we sign. It is important
to check the backgrounds and the character of everyone we
sign. We've brought in Danny Wilson and Joe Cole since I
arrived and I hope to bring in another of couple of
One player Hodgson does hope to sign in the coming days -
takeover or no takeover - is Juventus's highly-rated
midfielder Christian Poulsen, who played under Hodgson at FC
Copenhagen. Hodgson was speaking after getting off to a
winning start in his first home game in charge of Liverpool
since taking over from Rafael Benitez.
Roy delight at Cole bow
Roy Hodgson admitted he was thrilled with Joe Cole's
competitive Liverpool debut after the midfielder played a
starring role in the 2-0 Europa League victory over FK
Rabotnicki on Thursday evening.
Hodgson admitted he was buoyed by the industrious
performance of the summer signing, who can consider himself
highly unfortunate not to have marked his home bow with a
"His energy and enthusiasm tonight meant he had a really
good home debut," the boss told reporters at a post-match
"Joe is desperate to play. He came here because he thought
he might get the opportunity to start more games than he did
"He is a very enthusiastic, effervescent footballer who the
more he plays, the happier he is. He is the type of player
who wants to play every minute of
"Whether that is going to be possible is another matter, but
it's a good quality
(LFC Official Website)
Cole pleased with Liverpool debut
Joe Cole was pleased to get 90 minutes in for his new club
as Liverpool cruised to a Europa League qualifying win over
Cole, who arrived on a free transfer having been released by
Chelsea, was at the heart of his new side's best moves and
set up the opening goal for David Ngog. Captain Steven
Gerrard slotted home a penalty just before the interval.
"It was good, I was nervous before the game but it's always
like that when you go to a new club," Cole told ITV4.
Cole stars as Liverpool ease
Joe Cole impressed as Liverpool beat Rabotnicki 2-0 in the
second leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie
Cole was at the heart of his new side's best moves and set
up the opening goal for David Ngog.
Captain Steven Gerrard slotted home a penalty just before
the interval and after that it was more of an exhibition
game as Liverpool eased into the play-off draw.
Joe Cole makes his Liverpool debut against FK Rabotnicki at
Anfield this evening - a game you can watch live online via
The summer signing joins fellow new boy Milan Jovanovic in
Roy Hodgson's first competitive starting XI.
Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Dani Pacheco and Martin
Skrtel also begin in the second leg of the Europa League
third round qualifier.
Liverpool: Cavalieri, Johnson, Skrtel, Carragher, Kelly,
Jovanovic, Gerrard, Lucas, Cole, Pacheco, Ngog. Subs:
Gulacsi, Aquilani, Kyrgiakos, Maxi, Wilson, Spearing,
(LFC Official Website)
Boro reject Liverpool bid for
Middlesbrough have rejected a £2million bid from Liverpool
for their Aussie keeper Brad Jones.
New Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is believed to be keen to
find a new backup keeper for Pepe Reina.
Rabotnicki fined for racism
UEFA have charged Macedonian side FK Rabotnicki over
allegations of racist chanting in last week's Europa League
qualifying game against Liverpool.
Pictures emerged after the game that showed Rabotnicki fans
appearing to direct 'monkey' taunts at Liverpool players.
Liverpool started the game with two black players in David
Ngog, who scored twice in the Reds' 2-0 win in Skopje last
Thursday, and impressive 19-year-old winger David Amoo.
UEFA have charged Rabotnicki with the improper conduct of
A statement from European football's governing body read:
'The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has opened a
disciplinary case against FK Rabotnicki for the improper
conduct of supporters during their UEFA Europa League third
qualifying round first-leg match against Liverpool FC on 29
July in Skopje, FYR Macedonia.
'The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control and
Disciplinary Body on Thursday, 19 August.'
The return leg takes place at Anfield this evening.
Poulsen's Reds talks continue
Christian Poulsen's agent has opened negotiations with
Liverpool but is not sure if an agreement will be reached.
Poulsen has emerged as a transfer target for the Reds this
summer, with Roy Hodgson confirming his interest in the
Juventus midfielder this week.
Liverpool have spoken to Poulsen's representative, Joern
Bonnesen, and are reported to have offered a three-year
However, it does not look like anything will be finalised in
the near future after Bonnesen returned to Denmark.
"I don't know if we will reach an agreement," the agent told
"I will go home without a contract and we will work from
"This is not something which will be resolved in two
Kelly handed England call
Liverpool youngster Martin Kelly has been named in Stuart
Pearce's England Under-21 squad for the first time for next
week's friendly with Uzbekistan.
Kelly, who impressed for the Reds during pre-season, is
included in the 19 man party as Pearce runs the rule over
his youngsters ahead of the forthcoming European
Championship qualifiers against Portugal and Lithuania.
"Martin Kelly has played for Liverpool in this pre-season in
a European qualifying tie and I also saw him with the
younger age groups, so it's a great opportunity for him,"
said Pearce, who also handed first call-ups to Phil Jones,
Jordan Henderson and Marc Albrighton.
"Because we were so successful a year ago reaching the
European Championship Final, there was no preparation time
for many friendlies before we went straight into qualifying,
so it makes it difficult to have a look at players and
tinker with the squad.
"This match will give us a chance to prepare for what will
be two very important games next month."
(LFC Official Website)
Ngog looking to impress
David Ngog is looking to impress again tonight.
Ngog will lead the line for the Reds again tonight just as
he did in the first leg, and as in the first leg, he is
hoping to give a good account of himself and hopefully score
some more goals.
"It is always a good feeling for a striker when you score
goals but the most important thing for us was to win the
game which gave us a lot of confidence," said the striker.
"We had a lot of young players in the team and they did
really well. They have been working hard in training and
they showed they can do a good job for the team so it was a
good feeling for everyone.
"Martin Kelly played very well and he set up a goal for me
with a great cross. He is a player with quality and
hopefully he can have a good future here.
"We will try our best to put on a good performance for our
supporters in the first home game of the season. I think
it's important to start well at Anfield.
"We have to be careful and not think the game is won,
because we have another 90 minutes to play, and hopefully we
can get the job done and qualify for
the next round."
Confusion over potential
Liverpool FC bidder Kenny Huang
Confusion surrounds Kenny Huang and his interest in buying
Liverpool FC after claims about his links to the Chinese
government were met with an apparent denial which was then
Reports suggested Huang is fronting a bid backed by China
Investment Corporation (CIC), the country's sovereign wealth
fund which manages a £188billion portfolio.
Claims that CIC has sold £351million worth of shares in the
global financial services firm Morgan Stanley, of which it
acquired a 9.9% stake three years ago, in the last couple of
weeks - a figure equivalent to the debts currently held by
Liverpool - appeared to add credence to the link. But then
suggestions emerged that Huang's PR advisors had sent a
statement to journalists in China refuting there was "any
involvement of state-owned enterprises in his business
Huang quiet on China link
Prospective Liverpool owner Kenny Huang has refused to
comment on reports his consortium is being backed by the
George Gillett and Tom Hicks are looking to sell and several
parties are reportedly considering a takeover.
Chinese businessman Huang revealed earlier this week that he
was interested in investing in Liverpool, although he has
yet to make a formal offer.
Reports in Thursday morning's press have now suggested that
the Chinese government is Huang's mystery backer.
Torres could face Arsenal
Fernando Torres could be fit to face Arsenal a week on
Torres picked up a hamstring injury in the World Cup final
and was a doubt for the start of the season. However, he is
recovering well and could be available to face the Gunners
on the 15th.
"He's only been back a few days and needs to do a lot of
work to make sure he recovers from his holiday and the
injury he picked up at the World Cup,"
said Roy Hodgson.
"We won't risk him [against Rabotnicki tonight] but we are
still hopeful that, come the Arsenal game, it won't be out
of the question to use him then - though I do realise the
sports science people may tell me it's still too early.
"We believe he wasn't fully fit going into the World Cup and
that may have affected his performance and been the cause of
the injury he picked up at the end, so we want to be careful
this year to make certain that we prepare him - not just for
August 15 but for the whole season."
Cole set for Anfield bow
Joe Cole will make his Anfield debut tonight.
Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Cole will make his home debut
in tonight's Europa League qualifier second leg and that his
fellow England internationals
will also start.
"We can play a stronger team this team and Cole, Gerrard,
Carragher, Johnson and Jovanovic will all start the game,"
said the boss.
"A week ago they were definitely not fit and couldn't play
but now they are ready.
"We have a lot of players like Cole and Jovanovic who are
anxious to show the fans what they are made of and it's a
great opportunity for them.
"We also have Pacheco back after a very successful
tournament with Spain and he is desperate to show us what a
good player he is.
"Agger is injured so won't take part and the other World Cup
players who are have only just returned to training won't
Liverpool icon Rush: Hodgson
has lifted the whole club
Liverpool icon Ian Rush says Roy Hodgson has delivered a new
feelgood factor to Anfield since his appointment.
Rush believes there is a genuine air of positivity around
Liverpool at the moment.
"Three or four weeks ago everything connected with the club
was so negative," he told liverpoolfc.tv.
"But Roy Hodgson has come in and helped to transform the
mood. He has already proved what a good manager he is.
"With Joe Cole signing, Steven Gerrard committing his future
and now Torres following suit it's been a great few weeks
for the club.
"Now there's a positive buzz and the supporters are
the new season."
Al Fayed remarks dismissed
Roy Hodgson laughed off claims by Fulham chairman Mohamed Al
Fayed that he would be bad for Liverpool and said taking the
helm at Anfield was a job he could not refuse.
Al Fayed's comments came as he unveiled Mark Hughes as
Hodgson's successor on Tuesday. He also tipped Hughes to
lead the Cottagers
to the championship.
Smiling as he considered a response Hodgson said: "I don't
know in detail what they were[Al Fayed's comments]. He
didn't want me to leave the club.
"He wanted me to stay and he thought that that's what I
"I was unable to persuade him that a chance to manage
Liverpool Football Club is a bit special and unfortunately,
even though I enjoyed my time at Fulham and loved being at
Fulham, it was something I wanted to do.
"But I couldn't persuade him in that so unfortunately I
couldn't expect too much from him in terms of his comments.
"I'm a bit disappointed that the excellent relationship I
had with Mohamed Al Fayed has taken a knock back because of
my decision but I can only thank him for the two-and-a-half
Roy confirms Poulsen interest
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has admitted he is interested in
signing Juventus' Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen.
The Reds have been strongly linked with a move for Poulsen
as they consider replacements for wantaway midfielder Javier
Juventus are thought to be willing to let Poulsen move on as
he is currently down the pecking order in new coach Luigi
Del Neri's plans.
Hodgson is a big fan of Poulsen having worked with him
during his time in charge of FC Copenhagen and he feels he
would be a valuable addition to his squad
"If we can sign him from Juventus at a price I consider
reasonable, he will be a very good player to bring into our
team," Hodgson told Ekstra Bladet.
"Christian is a player I know well, a player whose career I
actually kick-started many years ago and I have followed him
closely ever since."
Hodgson expects Mascherano exit
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson fears that he will be unable
to persuade £25million-rated Javier Mascherano that he has a
future at Anfield if the club receive a realistic offer.
The Argentina captain has told the Merseyside outfit's
hierarchy that he wants to end his stay, as speculation
suggests that his family have become unhappy
Mascherano, who was linked with Barcelona last summer, is
himself thought to want to leave in order to follow former
manager Rafa Benitez to Inter Milan and it was reported in
July that the midfielder had started to learn the Italian
Hodgson played a part in Fernando Torres' recent decision to
confirm his commitment to Liverpool by visiting the Chelsea
and Manchester City target during his post-World Cup
But the Reds' new boss, who succeeded Benitez at the
beginning of July, does not believe that he will be as
effective in influencing Mascherano, telling a press
conference broadcast on Sky Sports News: "I think that will
"If a big offer comes in for him and it is a club that he
wants to go to, I think that will be harder.
"But the good thing for me at the moment is that we haven't
had that offer and as a result I can continue to work with
him and deal with him as a Liverpool player and consider him
as a Liverpool player and just wait for the day, if the day
comes, when the offer comes in.
"Then maybe if the offer comes in and it was the offer that
meets our valuation and he wants to go, then I don't know
that my powers of persuasion will be much good in that
"But maybe they will never be needed because we might not
get the offer and he might stay with us."
Big guns back to boost Liverpool
Roy Hodgson is set to bring back some of Liverpool's stars
for Thursday's Europa League third qualifying round second
leg against Rabotnicki.
Despite a 2-0 lead from the away leg, the likes of Steven
Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and new signing Joe Cole are likely
to be involved having made their first pre-season appearance
in a friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach at the
Argentina international Maxi Rodriguez could even be
involved despite having returned from his post-World Cup
break just 10 days ago.
Wantaway midfielder Javier Mascherano will not be selected
as he was not registered for the early stages of the
competition, whereas Hodgson admits they took a chance on
the England contingent and Rodriguez being ready.
Spain duo Fernando Torres and Jose Reina and Holland pair
Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel will not be considered as they only
returned to training this week.
Liverpool (from): Cavalieri, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel,
Agger, Aurelio, Aquilani, Gerrard, Jovanovic, Lucas, Cole,
Ngog, Spearing, Kelly, Eccleston, Pacheco, Darby, Insua,
Rodriguez, Gulacsi, Shelvey.
Chinese government linked
with move to buy Liverpool
The competition to buy Liverpool has intensified amid
further reports that the Chinese Government could be linked
to a takeover bid for the club.
Reports suggested Kenny Huang, who has declared an interest
in buying the club, was backed by the state-funded China
Investment Corporation (CIC).
But a source close to CIC told BBC Sport a link with Huang's
QSL Sports Ltd would be "highly unlikely".
It is understood as many as six rival bids were submitted
On Wednesday, Syrian businessman Yahya Kirdi said his
consortium was in the "final stage of negotiation".
(BBC Sport Online)
Huang: No Reds offer
Chinese businessman Kenny Huang has confirmed his interest
in investing in Liverpool, but says he has not made a formal
offer for the club.
Huang, who is the founder and chairman of Hong Kong-based
investment company QSL Sports Ltd, has been linked with a
bid to buy out Liverpool's debt.
Current Liverpool owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks are
looking to sell and several parties are reportedly
interested in a takeover.
However, in a statement released to The Sport Briefing by
Huang's representatives, the QSL chief has stated that
reports of an official bid
Poulsen minders tightlipped
on Liverpool talks
The minders of Juventus midfielder Christian
Poulsen are staying tightlipped over talk of a move to
Liverpool are said to be in negotiations with Juve over a £5
for the Dane.
But Joern Bonnesen told TMW: "As for Juventus, I have not
received any communication. Have I heard from Liverpool? I
move only on the advice of the club to which my client is
"If in any case the English club and the Premier League in
general would be a welcome destination? I do not like
commenting on speculation.
"The player will be available only after any concrete offers
arrive. In the meantime, he remains calm and continues to
Inter close in on Mascherano
Inter have opened talks with Liverpool about the prospect of
signing Javier Mascherano, according to Il Corriere dello
Earlier this summer, the Argentina international revealed
via his agent that it would be a dream to play for a
prestigious club like Inter.
Il Corriere understands that Inter first made contact two
weeks ago and Eduardo Macia only got back in touch yesterday
Liverpool locked in Juventus
talks over £6M Poulsen deal
Liverpool have opened talks with Juventus for midfielder
The Sun says new Reds boss Roy Hodgson wants Juventus star
Poulsen to bolster his midfield and the clubs are
negotiating a £6million move.
Degen agrees Stuttgart terms
Stuttgart claim to have agreed personal terms with defender
Philipp Degen after he was told he can leave Liverpool,
while the Bundesliga club have also settled a deal with
Full-back Degen was informed by Roy Hodgson in the wake of
the new manager's arrival at Anfield that he did not feature
in his first-team plans and that he was free to look for a
Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart acted quickly and former
Borussia Dortmund player Degen is interested in a return to
Germany, meaning a deal will now need to be agreed with
Marseille winger Ayew has also decided on personal terms
but, according to Stuttgart's director, Jochen Schneider,
the French club want to keep the Ghana international.
Schneider told BILD: "We have reached an agreement with the
player (Degen). The player wants to join our club.
"It is the same with Ayew, the player wants to move to us.
However, Marseille are keen to keep him and have offered him
a new contract in time."
Liverpool takeover: Yahya Kirdi
in 'advanced negotiations'
Syrian businessman Yahya Kirdi has claimed that he is in
“advanced negotiations” with Tom Hicks and George Gillett to
buy Liverpool, adding a fresh twist to the public haggling
over the club’s future.
In a statement released overnight by his public relations
company the Canadian-based businessman said he had reached
agreement on a price with the Americans and that a formal
purchase agreement is being prepared.
According to the statement he has promised to clear
Liverpool's debt with its bankers and to provide the
investment required to build the new Anfield
in Stanley Park.
The statement said: “Yahya Kirdi, who represents a select
group of investors from the Middle East and Canada,
confirmed today that his group is in advanced negotiations
with Thomas Hicks and George Gillett, co-owners of Liverpool
Football Club, to purchase 100% of the Club.
“Agreement has been reached on all major terms including the
purchase price, repayment of the existing bank debt from RBS
and Wells Fargo and financing of a new stadium in
Liverpool’s Stanley Park. A formal purchase agreement
between the parties is in the final stage of negotiation.
Carlo: Yossi more
intelligent than Cole
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has hinted that Liverpool
midfielder Joe Cole was not intelligent enough to follow
The Blues allowed Cole to leave for Liverpool on a free
transfer and then bought Yossi Benayoun for £6million, with
many questioning the wisdom of the deal.
But Ancelotti told The Sun: "Joe Cole is quicker than
Benayoun but Yossi is better tactically. He understands what
I tell him.
"Yossi is a very intelligent player. He knows everything
about the game.
"Cole and Benayoun are different players and everyone has
their own opinion, but we are happy to have Yossi here at
This follows pre-World Cup reports that Fabio Capello did
not trust Cole not to lose the ball in key positions.
Twist in Liverpool takeover
Liverpool have witnessed a twist in their takeover saga
after the emergance of reports that a consortium of Arab and
Canadian businessmen are in advanced discussions with the
Premier League club.
Kenny Huang was thought to be in pole position to buyout
American duo George Gillett and Tom Hicks at Anfield, and
Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday that the Chinese tycoon
had made a formal offer.
But now a group containing investors from the Middle East
and Canada, fronted by former Syria international Yahya
Kirdi, are said to be finalising a purchase price, repayment
of debt and financing for Liverpool's planned new stadium
in Stanley Park.