June - 2008

2906: Liverpool keen on Robbie
2606: Boro eyes Carson
          as Schwarzer replacement

2506: Liverpool turn to Fulham's
          Antti Niemi after Taylor snub

2406: Leeds interested in Liverpool duo
2206: Rafa in for Van Der Vaart?
1706: Riise to join Roma by end of week
1606: Crouch to join Pompey
1606: Barry move closer
1506: United winger pleads for Liverpool move
1506: Liverpool on alert after Bentley
          tell's Blackburn: I'm leaving

1106: Liverpool FC ready
          to raise Barry stakes

0706: Liverpool linked to
          Valencia's Villa and Silva

0606: Bentley next for Rafa







Liverpool keen on Robbie

Liverpool are hoping to sign Robbie Keane from Tottenham Hotspur, if reports are to be believed.

Rafa Benitez is understood to be readying a player-plus-cash deal involving Peter Crouch to seal the Irish striker's signature.

However, Tottenham have apparently dismissed the first approach and are keen to keep the player at White Hart Lane.

Keane joined Spurs from Leeds United in 2002 and has scored over 100 goals since then.

He has also played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Coventry City and Inter Milan.

Boro eyes Carson
as Schwarzer replacement


According to the Daily Mail, Gareth Southgate has lined up Liverpool’s Scott Carson as a replacement for Fulham-bound Mark Schwarzer.

Scott Carson’s £9million price-tag has prevented Martin O’Neill from making the young Liverpool goalkeeper’s loan move permanent.

Carson is determined to leave Anfield in search of first-team football. He seems unwilling to play second fiddle to first choice Pepe Reina as he fears it will hamper his England career. However, not many clubs are willing to fork out £9million for the goalie.

Liverpool turn to Fulham's
Antti Niemi after Taylor snub

Premiership Latest

Liverpool have decided to turn their attention to Premier League rivals Fulham goalkeeper Antti Niemi, after first choice target Maik Taylor chose to stay with relegated Birmingham City in The Championship.

Reports in newspaper The Mirror say that Taylor’s rejection of the Anfield club, have prompted Reds boss Rafael Benitez to step up his search for a back-up keeper to Pepe Reina, who is currently on duty with Spain at EURO 2008.

36-year-old Finnish International Niemi has been at Craven Cottage since 2006, and ironically dislodged Liverpool’s first choice target Taylor from the Fulham team.

However with the Cottagers signing Australian International Mark Schwarzer from Middlesbrough this summer, and American Kasey Keller being preferred at he end of last season, Niemi has stated his desire to leave West London as first team opportunities look limited next season.

The former Hearts, Rangers and Southampton keeper is currently on holiday, and will make a decision on his future when he returns.

Leeds interested in Liverpool duo


Leeds have been linked with a possible loan move for promising young Liverpool teenagers Krisztian Nemeth and Astrit Ajdarevic.

Gary McAllister, who retains close links with Anfield, is reported to have invited the pair to join up with his squad at Thorp Arch for pre-season training.

Striker Nemeth, 19, earned a call-up to the Hungary squad last season after scoring nine times for Liverpool's reserves.

Kosovo-born Ajdarevic, 18, a left-sided midfielder, represented Sweden in the recent UEFA Under-17s Championship.

Both players are on the fringe of Rafa Benitez's first-team squad at Anfield, but the Liverpool manager may prefer them to gain regular first-team football at Elland Road next season.

Rafa in for Van Der Vaart?

Kop TV

With Milner seemingly out of reach, Reds manager Rafael Benitez could turn his attentions to Hamburg winger Rafael Van Der Vaart.

The Dutch maestro is looking for a move to England after spending most of his career in Ajax and Hamburg.

He turned down a contract extension with Hamburg, catching the attention of an array of clubs, including Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea.

Liverpool have the advantage, as Van Der Vaart’s compatriots Kuyt and Babel are already Liverpuldians and would undoubtedly be looking to woo him to Liverpool.

Van Der Vaart played a limited role in the Oranje’s last eight performance at the Euros, and will be looking to catch the eye of Van Basten and prove that he can play at the very top level.

Riise to join Roma by end of week

By Alessio Alexis -

According to reports in England and Italy, Liverpool's John Arne Riise could be a Roma player by the end
of this week.

Riise has been at Liverpool since joining them from Monaco in 2001, however he is now surplus to requirements following the arrival of Udinese full back Andrea Dossena.

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has admitted that he will allow Riise to leave, and Roma have been already begun negotiations to sign the 27-year-old.

The Merseysiders are currently demanding just over €5m, while Roma are only prepared to pay €4m. Despite this, it seems likely that a compromise can be found, and reports in Italy and England suggest that Riise could be a Roma player by the end of the week.

The Norwegian international has come out in the press stating that he would be interested in a move to the Stadio Olimpico, and there should be no problems with regards to personal terms.

Roma are in desperate need of a left back, as they went through the whole of last season with just one senior option in the form of Max Tonetto.

Crouch to join Pompey

By Al Campbell - LFC Online

Peter Crouch is set to sign for Portsmouth.

Peter Crouch will sign for Portsmouth for £8m in the next 48 hours according to today's Daily Mirror.

The Liverpool striker is keen to link up with Harry Redknapp again as the Pompey boss turned Crouch into an international striker while the duo were at Southampton.

Barry move closer

By Al Campbell - LFC Online

Liverpool have moved a step closer to signing
Gareth Barry.

The Aston Villa captain was supposed to be having a testimonial match on August 9th following a decade at the Birmingham club.

However, that testimonial has now been scrapped suggesting Villa will accept Liverpool's fourth bid, expected to be £15m with £3m of add ons, this week.

United winger pleads for Liverpool move

Sunderland Echo

Newcastle United winger James Milner has begged to be allowed to leave for Liverpool, according to reports.

Milner is a target for Rafa Benitez, if the rumour mill is to be believed.

The News of the World report that Newcastle are determined to achieve their £7m valuation for the former Leeds man, and to line-up a replacement, before allowing him to leave St James's Park.

Liverpool on alert after Bentley
tell's Blackburn: I'm leaving

Liverpool Daily Post

David Bentley has insisted he will be leaving Blackburn Rovers this summer - but says it will be up to the Ewood Park club where he ends up,

The former Arsenal trainee has been constantly linked with a move to Liverpool this summer, with Anfield boss Rafa Benitez said to be a big fan.

But reports in some quarters suggest Liverpool may face a battle to get Bentley, as the player is keen to leave the North West.

Bentley has been at Ewood Park since 2005 and has emerged as one of the brightest young talents in England.

He has already broken into the national side but he admits his ambitions can no longer be satisfied at Blackburn.

The 23-year-old has informed Rovers he wants to go and he now hopes to secure a transfer to a club playing in the UEFA Champions League.

"I made it clear to the club what I wanted to do," Bentley told Sky Sports News.

"My situation is I want to move on, I want to be playing Champions League football, I want to be playing in Europe.

"I have been there for three years, I love the club and I love playing for them, but I feel like I've done everything I can and I want to move on and try and push up the ladder and be as successful as I can

"And I believe that lies elsewhere. I want a new challenge and I feel I want to push on somewhere else.

"I hope I have repaid them with the way I have played but I need to be moving on somewhere else.

"We'll see what the summer brings and hopefully in this transfer window something can be sorted out."

Blackburn are currently without a manager since Mark Hughes swapped Ewood for Eastlands to take over as Manchester City boss.

Blackburn are currently looking for a replacement for Mark Hughes but Bentley insists his mind was made up before the manager departed for Manchester City.

But Bentley said he wanted to move no matter who the replacement for Hughes is, with Liverpool and Tottenham said to be favourites to sign him,

He said: "I discussed things with the manager then (Hughes) and the chairman.

"Their situation has changed but mine hasn't. I need to be pushing on and that's what I'll be looking to do.

"I've got ambitions to play for England and I want to be playing in the biggest games I can, and I believe that lies playing somewhere else.

"My decision is not money, it is purely based on football. I just want to be playing at the highest level.

"There are clubs interested but it lies in Blackburn's hands. Managers that come in want to keep their best players but my decision has been made and nobody could persuade me to change my mind."

Liverpool FC ready
to raise Barry stakes

By David Prentice - Liverpool Echo

Liverpool are weighing up an improved bid for Aston Villa's Gareth Barry.

Reports today claim the Reds are ready to make a straight £15m cash offer, after Villa confirmed yesterday their skipper wants to join the Reds.

Anfield officials said today such reports were “categorically untrue” and they have still not decided how much or when their latest offer will be tabled.

But with boss Rafa Benitez keen to wrap up a deal, an improved offer is likely to be made later today.

Benitez has already had offers of £10m and £12m rejected by Villa counterpart Martin O’Neill.

And in a statement yesterday Villa said: “Gareth Barry has stated in discussions with our manager he would like to leave Aston Villa to join Liverpool.

“But Liverpool’s bid for the player has been rejected and they have been informed of Villa’s continued position in this matter.”

It appears that O’Neill is intent on squeezing every last cent out of Anfield before allowing his captain to leave.

The Villa boss has always claimed that his skipper is worth as much as Javier Mascherano, who joined Liverpool for £18m in January – even though the Argentine is three years younger.

Liverpool linked to
Valencia's Villa and Silva

Daily Post

Liverpool have been put on alert after Valencia revealed the club will listen to “serious” offers for David Villa and David Silva.

Spain striker Villa has been linked to a host of top clubs across Europe, including the Reds, while midfielder Silva is also being monitored by a host to English sides.

An exodus of Valencia’s top players has been predicted as the club look to solve some of the financial trouble caused by the sizeable pay-off to sacked coach Ronald Koeman and problems with the construction of a new stadium.

“For us they (Villa and Silva) are fundamental players but it’s not down to me to say who plays and how,” said president
Agustin Morera.

“If very serious offers come in they will be looked at if (technical secretary Juan Gines) Sanchez and (head coach Unai) Emery think it’s convenient.

“If not they’ll say that these players can’t leave because they are important. We’ll do what’s best for the club.”

Bentley next for Rafa

Clubcall Sports

Rafa Benitez will turn his attentions to Blackburn's David Bentley once he has secured the signing of Gareth Barry from Aston Villa.

The Villa captain is expected at Anfield next week and the signs are that he will leave the Midlands club after 11 years of service and join his England team mate Steven Gerrard in the middle of the park at Anfield.

Barry's cost will be offset by Peter Crouch moving the other way as part of the deal, or by him going to Portsmouth for £10m. Either way it means Benitez would have no problem financing a deal for both Barry and Bentley.

The England star is expected to be one of a number of high profile exits from Ewood Park this summer following Mark Hughes' defection to Eastlands and Benitez will be ready to pounce given
the first opportunity.

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