Spurs linked with
Tottenham are being linked with a move for Liverpool and England striker
The giant hitman began his career as a trainee at White Hart Lane and The
People claim Martin Jol wants to bring him back to the club.
Crouch has been struggling to claim a regular starting place of late at
Anfield and Newcastle have already failed in a bid to land him.
Spurs are desperate to bring in another forward before the transfer window
closes on Wednesday and the same newspaper claims Juan Pablo Angel from
Aston Villa is another potential target should the Crouch move fail.
However the News Of The World believes James Beattie will be the striker Jol
lands in his deadline-busting deal.
He is reported to be heading out of Everton for White Hart Lane in
a £4.5million deal.
Reds move for Ajax
By Jeffrey Glorie - Sky Sports
Liverpool are reportedly ready to raid Ajax for youngster
The Reds are believed to have agreed a deal to bring the Holland Under 19
international to Anfield.
Brouwe has come through the ranks at Ajax's famed academy and he has caught
the eye of Liverpool scouts with some impressive performances for club and
Ajax technical director Martin van Geel claimed he was surprised by
Liverpool's interest as they were unsure if Brouwe was good enough to make
the breakthrough at the Amsterdam ArenA.
"We didn't have the complete conviction that he was ready for it," Van Geel
told AD Sportwereld
"Internally we have talked about Jordy a lot.
"That doubt stayed after Liverpool expressed their interest.
"I say that without bitterness, because I wish Jordy all the success at
Former Liverpool team-mates Robbie Fowler and Patrik Berger are
considering offers to follow David Beckham to Major League Soccer.
Reports claim (Washington) DC United are ready to offer Fowler a lucrative
chance to end his career in the sun if, as is expected, he is not offered a
new deal at Anfield.
With Beckham-mania hitting the US, many MLS clubs are looking to bring
Premiership veterans over to add more celebrity spice to the competition.
Fowler, who's still only 31, has been told by Liverpool he will not be
getting a new deal next summer and had been considering giving up the game
altogether to concentrate on his other interests, including horse racing.
But the lure of spending a couple of years in the US may prove irresistible
to the former England striker.
Juve set sights on
By Alex Livie - Sky Sports
Juventus appear to be planning for life back in Serie A, as they have
confirmed they would like to bring Liverpool star Steven Gerrard to Turin.
The Old Lady of Italian football are on course to bounce back to the top
flight in Italy at the first time of asking, following their relegation for
match-fixing, and it would appear they want to build a side capable of
mounting an assault on the title.
The likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Pavel Nedved and Alessandro Del Piero opted
to stay with Juve in Serie B, on the proviso that they built a great team
for the following season.
Juve would appear to be trying to make good on their pledge as midfield star
Gerrard appears on their list of targets.
"Gerrard is a great player and has been a dream for us for some time," Juve
director of sport Alessio Secco is quoted as saying in the News of the
Gerrard has persistently been linked with a move away from Anfield and it
could well be another summer of speculation surrounding the Reds talisman.
Ayala heading for
Roberto Ayala's agent has revealed that he is close to agreeing a deal
that will see him leave Valencia on a free transfer for an unnamed club.
The Argentine's contract expires this summer and Valencia have apparently
made little effort to tie him down to a new one.
Villarreal have been interested in signing the fullback, but reports are now
suggesting that Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez will attempt to lure Ayala to
Anfield after failing to land Blackburn defender Lucas Neill.
Ayala will be eligible to leave the Mestalla at the end of this season on a
Bosman transfer and his agent Gustavo Mascardi has now confirmed that Ayala
will sign a pre-contract with another club in the next few weeks if Valencia
do not offer him a new deal.
"We have nearly reached an agreement with another club for next season, only
a few details are outstanding," Mascardi told Radio Valencia SER.
"I cannot wait forever for a call from [Valencia sporting director Amedeo]
Carboni about the negotiations.
"If nothing changes before the 4th or 5th of February we will sign the
Warnock in £1.5m move
By Chris Bascombe - Liverpool Echo
Blackburn remain keen to sign Steve Warnock despite the pending collapse
of Lucas Neill’s move to Anfield.
Warnock was expected to head to Ewood Park as part of a swop, but now fears
being left in limbo by Neill’s seemingly imminent decision to reject a
switch to Liverpool.
Talks are ongoing on Warnock’s position, as Benitez looks to raise funds for
Liverpool want £1.5m for the 25-year-old full back.
Reds eye Hungarian
By Juha Pal - Sky Sports
Liverpool have given a trial to Hungarian starlet Andras Simon, according
to reports in Hungary.
The 17-year-old, who plays for Budapest-based side MTK Hungaria, is regarded
as one of the country's brightest talents.
Simon is believed to be heading to the Merseysiders to spend a few days
training with the Premiership giants.
Liverpool are always scouting for Europe's up-and-coming talent and have
already agreed a deal for 16-year-old Swedish striker Astrit Ajdarevic.
Rafa Benitez and his coaching staff will now assess Simon's attributes with
a view to making his Anfield stay a permanent move.
Simon would become Liverpool's second Hungarian to play for the club behind
defender Istvan Kozma, who played for The Reds during the early 90s.
medals key to Neill deal
By Ian Doyle - Liverpool Daily Post
Liverpool target Lucas Neill must decide whether medals or money is the
motivation behind his next career move.
The in-demand Australian defender is expected to leave Blackburn Rovers this
week with a clutch of clubs chasing his signature.
Liverpool remain the favourites for the 28-year-old, and are ready to broker
a deal that would see Stephen Warnock move in the opposite direction.
But with Rafael Benitez likely to regard Neill as a squad player, the
Australian would have to fit within the club's existing pay structure in the
knowledge he could command a higher salary as a first-team regular
Newcastle United and West Ham United are among the other potential suitors
for Neill, who is out of contract at Ewood Park at the end of the season and
is presently available for a straight £2million fee.
Now the Australian faces a choice between a greater chance of silverware at
Liverpool or a higher wage at another club.
Neill deal close
By James Carroll - Shankly Gates
Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Blackburn Rovers defender
It's thought that the Reds hope to have the Australian international in
their squad for Saturday's Premiership fixture with Chelsea at Anfield.
Rafa Benitez has been tracking the Aussie since the summer as he looks to
bring in some experienced cover for the full-back positions.
Neill is out-of-contract in the summer and it's expected that the deal with
be a straight swop with Stephen Warnock heading to Ewood Park.
Liverpool are also hopeful of snapping-up West Ham United midfielder Javier
Mascherano during the January transfer window, having already signed Italian
under-21 international goalkeeper Daniele Padelli and Argentine left-back
Emiliano Insua in loan deals.
look of Lanus ace Leto
Liverpool are closing in on young Argentinian midfielder Sebastian
Eduardo Leto, according to the vice-president of his club Lanus.
Ruben Ferreti claims 20-year-old Leto has attracted bids from River Plate
and an unnamed Spanish club, but Liverpool are understood to be the only
bidders willing to meet Lanus' £1.85 million asking price.
"There is interest from Liverpool, but nothing is concrete yet," said
Ferreti. "We still have to go on discussing it."
However, Ferreti added that he was optimistic a deal could be done.
"I have a good feeling about it," he said. "If a transfer is done, it will
be done this week."
Leto has played 34 matches for Lanus since breaking into the first team,
scoring six goals.
Juve: Reds winning
By Tom Adams and Nadia Carminati - Sky Sports
Juventus are ready to concede defeat in their bid to snatch Javier
Mascherano from under the noses of Liverpool, but skysports.com understands
that the Premiership side are yet to petition Fifa regarding any transfer of
the West Ham man.
The Reds are known to be keen on recruiting the Argentinian international on
loan for the remainder of the season, but recent reports had suggested that
long-standing admirers Juventus were launching a renewed bid to lure the
midfielder to Italy.
Hammers boss Alan Curbishley has stated his belief that Mascherano, and
international colleague Carlos Tevez, would not be leaving Upton Park due to
Fifa regulations that prevent players performing for three clubs between 1st
July and 30th June.
Despite the problems regarding red tape, Liverpool are believed to be
hopeful of finding a way around the regulations in order to secure the
signature of the player who made such an impression at Corinthians before
seeing his form slump at Upton Park.
Now The Reds appear to be in pole position to land Mascherano after Juve's
general director Alessio Secco confirmed that the MSI-owned star is close to
a move to Anfield.
"Mascherano? It is a complicated situation either on a federal level or for
his ownership," Secco told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Anyway now he is really close to Liverpool."
Following the Bianconeri's admission, only the outstanding legal issues with
Fifa appear to be standing in the way of the holding midfielder completing a
loan move to Anfield.
However, skysports.com has learnt that Fifa's legal department are yet to
receive any correspondence from the Premiership club.
Liverpool target promising Italian goalkeeper
Liverpool are looking to acquire promising Italian goalkeeper Daniele
Padelli, according to the player’s agent.
The Sampdoria player, who is currently on loan at Serie B club Crotone,
went to Crotone in the summer with the understanding he would receive a lot
of playing time.
However, the Italy Under-21 international has merely served as an understudy
to Salvatore Soviero, playing in just one league game.
Samp have the right to cancel the loan deal with Crotone and are considering
an offer which agent Silvano Martina claims has been made by the Reds for
"Liverpool are interested in Padelli. He is a promising goalkeeper," Martina
“If he were to join Liverpool in the winter transfer market, it would be on
a permanent basis. There are still some issues to discuss with Crotone but
it could all be decided later today.”
Martina is also the agent of Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Reds move for Accies
By Peter ORourke - Sky Sports
Skysports.com understands Liverpool have tabled an offer for Hamilton
starlet Jamie McCarthy.
McCarthy is being courted by a host of clubs after catching the eye at
Hamilton this season.
The 16-year-old became the club's youngest ever scorer when netting in the
weekend's Scottish Cup defeat to Livingston.
A number of clubs including Manchester United have watched McCarthy in
action this season, but Liverpool are hoping to steal a march on their
rivals by taking him to Anfield after he impressed in a recent trial on
Hamilton boss Billy Reid admitted Liverpool had made a bid to sign the
"From what I believe Liverpool have tabled an offer for Jamie," Reid told
"He went down there for a trial and played in a game for the reserves and he
did exceedingly well.
"Jamie showed up well down there and they made an offer for him.
"However, nothing has been agreed and nothing is set in stone. We will see
Liverpool could face a fight for McCarthy with Reading offering the
youngster a trial.
"There are quite a number of clubs interested in Jamie," added Reid.
"He is going down to Reading this week for a few days to take part in
training and we will see how he goes down there."
Juve back in for
By Graeme Bailey - Sky Sports
Juventus are believed to have rekindled their interest in Javier
Mascherano as they hope to beat Liverpool to his signature.
West Ham boss Alan Curbishley insisted on Friday that Mascherano could not
leave because of Fifa regulations.
However, it is understood Liverpool are hopeful that the Fifa would okay a
But Juventus - who said earlier this week that they would not be pursuing
Mascherano - now look to be back in the bidding.
Indeed widespread reports in Italy suggest Juve's sporting director Alessio
Secco has flown to London for talks with West Ham - in order to make sure
their interest is confirmed.
While Liverpool are hopeful of landing Mascherano, Juve have always been
considered as the player's own preferred destination.
Chelsea after Neill
By Al Campbell - LFC Online
Chelsea want to hijack Liverpool's bid to sign Lucas Neill.
Liverpool are reportedly close to agreeing a deal to sign Blackburn's Lucas
Neill for a minimal fee.
However, Chelsea are trying to hijack the deal at the last moment and bring
the Australian to Stamford Bridge.
Neill is a Liverpool fan however, and is expected to turn down Chelsea's
Juve target Reds
Juventus are reportedly interested in signing Liverpool's Peter Crouch as
a replacement for David Trezeguet next term.
The disgraced Turin side, relegated to Serie B after Italy's match-fixing
scandal erupted last summer, are already looking at a return to the big
And according to Corriere dello Sport they believe lanky England hitman
Crouch will be the perfect man to step in if French star Trezeguet quits in
Trezeguet is under contract at the Stadio delle Alpi until 2008, but his
future is uncertain.
Juve have also been linked with young Ajax sensation Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Benitez eyes up
By Chris Bascombe - Liverpool Echo
Liverpool are closing in on January targets Lucas Neill and Javier
Mascherano - with an Anfield board meeting today expected to open the door
to their arrival.
As the DIC takeover saga nears a successful conclusion at Liverpool, Rafa
Benitez is seeking a swift completion of deals which have been a priority
for several months.
The Reds boss wants the players in place early during the transfer window,
and hopes there will be no delays which may prove costly to his plans.
Both Neill and Argentinian Mascherano are ready to move to Anfield, but the
finishing touches are still to be put in place.
Clearly there is a balancing act for the board as they juggle immediate
concerns with the long-term strategy of the prospective owners, but the
manager is in need of new recruits this month.
Benitez is also hoping to complete a deal for 16-year-old James McCarthy for
£100,000 from Hamilton Academicals.
Central midfielder Mascherano's transfer would initially be a loan until the
end of the season, which could become permanent if he adapts more
successfully at Liverpool than he has at West Ham.
Benitez has identified the 22-year-old as a quality cover for Steven Gerrard
and Xabi Alonso as the Reds enter a crucial period with Momo Sissoko still
on the treatment table.
Despite suggestions Mascherano can't play for three clubs in the same
season, in fact, he's only played for one during this campaign.
The South American season ended on December 31, 2005, before Mascherano
joined West Ham in the summer of 2006.
However, any move would still have to be ratified by FIFA.
Mascherano has made it clear he wants to move to Liverpool, and a deal has
been agreed with his representatives Media Sports Investments.
Neill is another player who hopes he's played his last game for his current
The Aussie defender is suspended for this weekend's FA Cup third round at
Goodison Park, and Benitez hopes to have him on board in time for
Liverpool's Premiership game at Watford.
Neill would also be eligible for the Champions League, because new rules
state at least one player in a squad list who's played in the UEFA Cup can
also feature in the premier competition.
As in August, his hopes depend on how keen Blackburn are to hold onto a
player nearing a Bosman.
Mark Hughes still wants to sign Stephen Warnock as part of a swop deal.
Warnock is also attracting the attention of Sunderland, but would clearly
prefer to remain in the Premiership.