November - 2010

2911: Sevilla look at Lucas
2911: Italian press: Hodgson to make
          £21 million January offer
2911: Hodgson plans bid for
          Bolton striker Elmander
2611: Roma willing to offer Mexes
          in bid for Liverpool ace Kuyt

2511: Liverpool set to fight Manchester United
          for Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan

2311: Liverpool linked with
          ex-Newcastle playmaker Emre

1511: Roy tracking French talent
1511: FC Twente striker tracked by Liverpool
1011: Inter Milan push on with deal
          for Liverpool crock Agger

0811: Liverpool ace could make
          'sensational Anfield exit' in January

0111: Liverpool launching bid
          for Wigan winger N’Zogbia


Sevilla look at Lucas

By Francisco Acedo - Sky Sports

Sevilla are reportedly weighing up a January move for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.

Reports emanating from Spain have claimed Sevilla have targeted a move for Lucas as they look to bolster their squad options in the January transfer window.

Sevilla are in the market for a new midfielder after Tiberio Guarente was ruled out for the rest of the season through injury.

Sevilla were linked with Lucas' team-mate Christian Poulsen earlier this month, but it appears the Brazil international is now on their list of targets.

Lucas' future at Anfield has been the subject of speculation for some time with the South American failing to hold down a regular place in the side.

Sevilla are believed to have travelled to England to sound out the possibility of the move and are waiting to find out Liverpool's response.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson could be tempted to cash in on Lucas to raise funds for his own transfer plans in the New Year.

Italian press: Hodgson to make
£21 million January offer

By Ben Moss -

According to reports in Italy, Liverpool will make a €25 million bid for AS Roma forward Mirko Vucinic in
the January transfer window. claim Roy Hodgson and his technical staff have earmarked the former Manchester United and Chelsea target as the ideal strike partner to Fernando Torres, and hope the Serie A club’s well documented financial woes will persuade Roma to sell their talismanic forward.

In the last 18-months the impressive Montenegrin international has been coveted by Sir Alex Ferguson and also Premier League champions Chelsea, and the player has in the past publicly expressed an admiration for English football.

The 27-year-old missed Roma’s 3-1 loss at Palermo yesterday through injury but has been regularly rotated by Claudio Ranieri throughout the season, and suggest Vucinic would relish the opportunity to play in the Premier League if Liverpool’s new owners can match his lofty valuation.

Hodgson plans bid for
Bolton striker Elmander

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is planning a £5 million bid for Bolton Wanderers striker Johan Elmander.

The Mirror says Hodgson is leading the race for Bolton hot shot Elmander – but will have to come up with £5million to buy him.

Hodgson and his No.2 Sammy Lee watched long-term target Elmander at the weekend before dashing off to travel to Tottenham for yesterday’s match.

Elmander turned down a one-year contract extension with Wanderers last week and is keeping his options open with his current deal expiring in the summer.

Hodgson has tried for Elmander twice before during his time at Fulham. He missed out when he came in from Toulouse and made an attempt to land him in his low period at the Reebok last season.

Roma willing to offer Mexes
in bid for Liverpool ace Kuyt

AS Roma are chasing Liverpool ace Dirk Kuyt.

Roma have set their sights on Kuyt and hope to tempt Liverpool with an exchange for Philippe Mexes, says the Daily Mail.

Anfield boss Roy Hodgson is unlikely to countenance an offer for the Holland international while he remains short of attacking options, but reports in Rome claim Kuyt is open to a move to Italy.

Rafa Benitez remains keen to take Kuyt to Inter Milan, but Liverpool put off the European champions by demanding a prohibitive £20million in the summer.

Roma can’t even offer half that and a straight swap for France centre half Mexes looks far from value for money as the 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season.

Liverpool set to fight Manchester United
for Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan

By Greg Stobart -

Liverpool are ready to challenge bitter rivals Manchester United for Rosenborg midfielder Anthony Annan in January, UK can reveal.

Roy Hodgson, the Liverpool manager, first registered his interest in the Ghanaian star three weeks ago and is now preparing a £6 million move when the transfer window opens.

But the Reds could face competition from long-term admirers United, although Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be hesitant because Annan would be cup-tied for the Champions League.

The 24-year-old has also been recommended to Chelsea by Michael Essien, his international team-mate, although there are no signs of Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti preparing a move at this stage.

Annan is looking for a January transfer to the Premier League after being denied a summer move by Rosenborg following an impressive World Cup in South Africa.

He is considered one of the most highly-rated talents in Europe and a move to Anfield would have the support of the club's director of football strategy, Damien Comolli, as his signature would represent a low-risk investment at a value-for-money price.

The defensive midfielder has previously declared his desire to join United but UK understands interest from Old Trafford has blown hot and cold and the player would also be extremely interested in a move to Liverpool.

The Reds are looking for players who are young and talented to fit in to the philosophy of the club's new owners, New England Sports Ventures.

Annan could arrive at Anfield as a like-for-like replacement for Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen, who Liverpool are ready to sell despite only signing him in the summer from Italian side Juventus.

Comolli has been looking at a number of midfielders and the Frenchman could also be ready to raid his homeland for Lille's Eden Hazard of Yann M'Vila of Rennes.

Annan cost Rosenborg £1.2m when he signed from IK Start in summer 2008 and has been the star of Norwegian football ever since with consistently dominant displays.

Liverpool linked with
ex-Newcastle playmaker Emre

Liverpool are being linked with former Newcastle United midfielder Emre.

According to German sources, Fenerbache playmaker Emre is the subject of swap interest from Liverpool.

The Reds are willing to part with Fabio Aurelio in part exchange for the Turkey international in January.

Roy tracking French talent

By Patrick Haond - Sky Sports

Reports claim Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson was in Auxerre on Sunday scouting potential new recruits.

The Reds manager is said to have attended Auxerre's Ligue 1 fixture with Rennes, which the hosts won 2-1.

A number of players are believed to have been in Hodgson's thoughts when he arrived in France, with Liverpool desperate to add in January.

With new owners at the Anfield helm, it is expected that the Merseyside giants will have money to spend when the transfer window reopens.

It is thought that a defensive midfielder will be towards the top of their shopping list, with Rennes' Yann M'Vila a possible candidate to fill such a role.

The 20-year-old has already been capped four times by France and is likely to have figured on Hodgson's radar for some time.

Auxerre's Delvin Ndinga is another believed to have caught the eye, with a number of clubs from across Europe monitoring his situation.

Another player to have been linked with Liverpool in the past is Slovenian striker Valter Birsa and Hodgson may have taken the opportunity to run the rule over him.

The Auxerre striker impressed at the 2010 World Cup and it is expected to be only a matter of time before he is on his way to pastures new.

FC Twente striker
tracked by Liverpool

Young Dutch striker Luuk De Jong is being tracked by Liverpool.

The Netherlands U21 international signed for FC Twente in April 2009, and has been earning rave reviews for a string of fine performances in the Eredivisie.

Roy Hodgson is thought to be in the market for a new striker at Anfield, and The People report that Liverpool are weighing up a £2.5 million move for the player.

Inter Milan push on with deal
for Liverpool crock Agger

Inter Milan boss Rafa Benitez is ready to push on with plans to sign Liverpool defender Dan Agger as a replacement for Walter Samuel.

The Argentine is out for the season after scans showed he suffered serious ligament damage to the knee in the clash with Brescia.

That has left Benitez short of defensive options and he has been given the green light to bring in reinforcements in the transfer window.

Danish international Agger is top of his wish list. The pair worked together during Benitez’s time at Anfield, says the Mirror.

And it was on the insistence of Benitez that the Anfield board agreed to hand the defender a new four year, £70,000 a week deal in May 2009.

Agger has missed a large chunk of the season with a calf problem but Benitez is hopeful he will recover his fitness by the time the transfer window opens.

And Benitez said: “Since we’ve lost such an important player as Samuel, we will have to arrange the roster in January."

Liverpool ace could make
'sensational Anfield exit' in January

By Will Haine - GiveMeFootball

Christian Poulsen is being tipped to sensationally leave Liverpool in January - just five months after joining the club.

The Dane moved to Anfield from Juventus for £4.5 million in the summer and represented one of Roy Hodgson's first major signings after taking over the reigns at Liverpool.

Poulsen and Hodgson had previously worked together at FC Copenhagen a decade ago, and the 30-year-old was earmarked by the Liverpool boss as a replacement for former Reds midfielder Javier Mascherano after the latter joined Barcelona.

However, Poulsen has since fallen down the pecking order at Anfield and - according to - new Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli does not believe the midfielder has a future at the club. continue to report that Hodgson is willing to let Camolli have his way as long as the Frenchman can make assurances that a player of greater quality will replace Poulsen at Anfield.

Liverpool have supposedly yet to receive any interest in the former Sevilla ace, although they apparently expect to recoup the majority of their outlay in what is sure to be a busy January at Anfield.

Liverpool launching bid
for Wigan winger N’Zogbia

Liverpool are chasing Wigan Athletic winger
Charles N'Zogbia.

The People says Reds gaffer Roy Hodgson plans a £9million transfer window move for Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia.

He has been in stunning form since turning down a summer move to Birmingham City.

Hodgson and talent-spotter Kenny Dalglish watched French wing wizard N’Zogbia in top form against Bolton last weekend.

The Anfield pair saw enough to send three of their top scouts, including number one Eduardo Macia, to check him out in midweek – only for N’Zogbia to be restricted to a brief appearance as a sub in the Carling Cup.

Wigan could be tempted to sell, with the player ambitious for a top club and Marseille also showing an interest.

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