Rumours

2004

HEADLINES
3007: Keegan wants to kop Le Tallec
2407: Liverpool linked with Josemi deal
2307: Coloccini claims Reds talk
2107: Barca target Hyypia
1807: Dacourt fancies Liverpool move
1707: Reds linked with Saviola
1407: Florent eying French move
1207: Espanyol plot Diao talks
1207: Chelsea may be key for Diouf
1107: Diouf to go in swap deal?
1007: Saints and Reds in Mido chase
0907: Benitez plots Spanish raid
0907: Livgerpool linked with Argentinian...
0807: Pompey set for Senegal swoop
0807: Barca enter Baros race
0607: Reds line-up Amoroso talks
0607: Reds players in demand
0607: Albion cleared to target Traore
0507: Ricardo keen on Anfield move
0407: Blues to seal shock Davids deal
0407: Fulham want Smicer
0307: Mass exodus at Anfield?
0207: Reds set to take a loss on Diouf
0207: Reds mooted as Davids bidders
0207: Diouf linked with Malaga
 
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2004
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JULY 30
Keegan wants to kop Le Tallec

By Alan Nixon - Daily Mirror

Manchester City boss Kevin Keegan wants his old club Liverpool to do him a favour and let him have Anthony Le Tallec on loan for the season.

Keegan has been alerted by the news that the gifted young Frenchman can quit Anfield for more first-team experience.

And the cash-conscious City boss could get the green light to take Le Tallec shortly - although there is rival Premiership interest.

Le Tallec joined Liverpool from Le Havre on a permanent basis three years ago but has been loaned back to his first club in the past. Keegan wants to add to hisfootball education with City and also boost a squad that needs fresh young legs in attack.

Le Tallec can play up front, just behind the attack or even wide and Keegan hopes City's style of free-wheeling play will also give him the nod from Le Tallec ahead of his other suitors


JULY 24
Liverpool linked with Josemi deal

Sporting Life

Liverpool have agreed a deal to bring Malaga defender Josemi to Anfield, according to reports in Spain.

Sports daily Diario AS and Malaga paper Diario Sur both state negotiations were concluded late on Friday night and that the player will soon be jetting out to the USA to join the Reds on their pre-season tour.

The deal is reportedly worth four million euros (2.8m) and is now subject to Josemi agreeing personal terms with Liverpool.

The 24-year-old, who would become new coach Rafael Benitez's first signing for the Merseysiders, is able to play at right-back and in the centre of the defence.

He started his career at home-town club Torremolinos before moving along the coast to Malaga as a teenager.

He has since moved through the ranks at La Rosaleda and is now considered a first-team regular, making 35 league appearances last season.


JULY 23
Coloccini claims Reds talk

Sky Sports

Argentina international defender Fabio Coloccini says that he is in talks over a move to The Premiership with Rafa Benitez's Liverpool.

The 22-year-old stopper claims that The Reds are in talks over a 3.5 million move for the Milan man, who has spent the past three years in Spain.

Coloccini has been on loan at Alaves, Atletico Madrid and Villarreal, but is now looking to move to England.

The South American is currently preparing to play for Argentina against arch rivals Brazil in Sunday's Copa America final, but said that talks were underway over a move to Anfield.

"I've heard the Liverpool reports. We're in talks and the offer interests me, Coloccini told The Sun.

"I'm proud a club the size of Liverpool rates me, I really like British football and follow it a lot.

"And for the coach who won the Spanish championship to ask for me - given all the players in Spain - is a boost.

"I'll be very appreciative if the deal comes off. I wouldn't let him down.

Benitez knows Coloccini well from his time and Spain and has earmarked the heart of his defence as an area that needs strengthening.

Valencia's Roberto Ayala had been talked about as a candidate to follow his old boss to Anfield, but it now seems as though his Argentinian team-mate is fancied by Liverpool's new Spanish manager.


JULY 21
Barca target Hyypia

By Peter ORourke - Planet Football

Barcelona are reported to be preparing a shock move for Liverpool's Finnish defender Sami Hyypia as they look to complete their summer spending spree.

The Catalan giants have been busy in the transfer market this summer, bringing in the likes of Henrik Larsson, Deco and Ludovic Giuly and now they want to strengthen their defence.

Barca coach Frank Rijkaard is keen to bolster his backline as he looks to build on last season's second place finish in La Liga.

The Camp Nou outfit have been frustrated in their attempts to sign Real Zaragoza's Argentine defender Gabriel Milito and they have now reportedly switched their attentions to Hyypia.

The Dutchman is thought to be a big admirer of Hyypia and reports suggest they have made discreet enquiries for the towering centre half.

Barca have already tried to raid Anfield for Czech striker Milan Baros only to be put off by the English club's valuation of the player.

The Reds are unlikely to encourage any move for Hyypia as the former Willem II defender is an instrumental member of the side.

New Reds coach Rafa Benitez is keen to bring in new players and would be loath to lose a star performer like Hyypia.

Only a major offer would tempt Liverpool to cash-in on Hyypia and with the season less than a month away it would not leave them a lot of time to bring in a replacement.


JULY 18
Dacourt fancies Liverpool move

By Kevin Smith - LFC Online

Former Leeds United midfielder Olivier Dacourt is keen on a return to the Premiership, and his agent has been in touch with Rafael Benitez, according to reports today.

The 29-year-old Frenchman, now at AS Roma wants to move on after the departure of manager Fabio Capella.

Gerard Houllier had previously expressed an interest in Dacourt, although it is unlikely Benitez will require his services.


JULY 17
Reds linked with Saviola

By Al Campbell

Liverpool have been linked with Barcelona striker Javier Saviola.

The prolific striker is a favourite with the Barcelona fans but Barca president Joan Laporta says the club may have to sell him if he does not agree to take a wage cut. This has alerted Liverpool and Newcastle to the possibility of a move.

Saviola has refused to take a pay-cut and this has led to rumours of a swap deal with Milan Baros going the other way.


JULY 14
Florent eying French move

Sky Sports

Liverpool youngster Florent Sinama-Pongolle could be set for a loan move back to his native France - if he does not feature in the plans of Red's manager Rafa Benitez.

Sinama-Pongolle is still on the fringe at Anfield, but is hoping to make an impression on Benitez in pre-season training.

Should the young striker not fit into Benitez's team, he is open to a return to France - with St Etienne at the front of the queue.

Sinama-Pongolle rose to prominence with Le Havre, and would hope to flourish in Le Championnat should he return to France.

St Etienne would be hoping to lure the player on a season's loan this year, with Liverpool keeping a close eye on his progress.

Sinama-Pongolle has started just seven times for The Reds, but has made 16 appearances off the bench - notching two goals in the process.


JULY 12
Espanyol plot Diao talks

Sky Sports

Espanyol are ready to test Salif Diao's determination to remain at Liverpool in order to prove his worth.

The Senegal international is the latest target for the Barcelona-based outfit, who have already snapped up former Barca hit-man Dani Garcia this summer.

Diao is the latest name in the frame for a possible move to Montjuic and it is believed that talks over a possible loan move have already started with Liverpool.

The African ace was keen to remain at Anfield, as he has three years left on his contract, but Saint Etienne have already showed an interest in his services and a move to the continent cannot be discounted.

New Reds boss Rafa Benitez is set to reshape his squad with a number of comings and goings taking place at Anfield during the close season.


JULY 12
Chelsea may be key for Diouf

By Andy Hunter - Daily Post

Chelsea's expensive pursuit of Didier Drogba could help trigger the departure of El-Hadji Diouf from Liverpool.

The Anfield club are anxious to offload the 10million flop this summer despite his public utterances of commitment to the Liverpool cause yesterday.

And Chelsea's proposed 22m move for the man who helped end their UEFA Cup hopes last season could prove pivotal in that ambition.

Portsmouth, Malaga and Real Betis are all interested in signing the Senegal striker - but only on loan and with Liverpool continuing to pay a percentage of his salary.

Liverpool, not surprisingly, would prefer a permanent exit for the 23-year-old, even at a 7m loss on the transfer fee.

Marseille were linked with Diouf last season but their financial problems meant they were unable to afford the 3m move.

However, coach Jose Anigo will renew his interest in the former Lens star if he is armed with the money from Drogba's possible sale to Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool will not stand in Diouf's way if a firm bid arrives from Marseille, although the French club could have problems convincing the player to join them.


JULY 11
Diouf to go in swap deal?

By Al Campbell - LFC Online

El Hadj Diouf has been linked with a move to Malaga with keeper Juan Calatayud moving the other way.

Malaga have approached Liverpool with the idea of taking Diouf on a season long loan. However, Reds boss Rafael Benitez would prefer to make the move permanent with Malaga's 3m rated goalkeeper Juan Calatayud coming to Anfield in exchange.


JULY 10
Saints and Reds join Mido chase

Sky Sports

Mido's agent has confirmed to skysports.com that Southampton and Liverpool have emerged as bidders to sign his client.

The French media claimed that both The Saints and Pool were very much in the running for the Egyptian's services.

Now Christophe Henrotay has confirmed that there is interest from both Anfield and St Mary's.

"He is going to probably go on loan to England, we know this," Henrotay told skysports.com.

"I know these clubs (Southampton and Liverpool) are interested and maybe something will happen next week.

"There is a lot of interest and we will have to see."

Newcastle United were strongly tipped to land Mido earlier this summer and Henrotay insists they are not out of the running saying: "They are still interested."

Mido is currently with Marseille, but he is surplus to requirements at The Stade Velodrome and is looking to secure a move to England.


JULY 9
Benitez plots Spanish raid

Sky Sports

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is reported to have made discreet enquiries for Malaga goalkeeper Juan Catalayud.

Although Liverpool are well covered in the goalkeeping department with Jerzy Dudek, Chris Kirkland and Patrice Luzi, Spanish daily AS claims Benitez will look to offload one of the three to make room for Catalayud.

The 24-year-old battled with Francesc Arnau to be the number one at Malaga last term, and impressed as he made 19 starts in La Primera.

Real Madrid are also understood to be admirers of the custodian, but it is Benitez who has approached Malaga to ask about his availability.

The player shares the same agent as Benitez, Manuel Garcia Quilon, which would help facilitate a deal if The Reds do press ahead with a move.

Interestingly, Malaga are known to be lining up a swoop for Liverpool forward El Hadji Diouf who has struggled to make an impact since arriving at Anfield.

It has been suggested that Catalayud could be used as part-exchange in any transfer, although AS claims Malaga president Serafin Roldan - while acknowledging contact with Liverpool - insists the talks are with a view to a deal at the end of next season.

Meanwhile, the Spanish press have claimed that the Merseysiders are very much in the race to sign wantaway Valencia striker Mista.

The hit-man, who has one year left on his deal at the Mestalla, has broken off contract talks with the club leading Valencia to suspect he has been approached by a third party.

Liverpool, along with Barcelona and Ateltico Madrid, have been mooted as his most likely suitors, but the opportunity to be reunited with Benitez - who took him to Valencia from Tenerife - could prove tempting for the 25-year-old.

Mista has confirmed he has now definitely ended talks with Valencia and will not be signing a new contract with The Che.


JULY 9
Liverpool linked with Argentinian defender

Walk On LFC

A report appearing in today's Independent is linking Liverpool with a move for Argentinian centre-half Fabricio Coloccini.

The defender belongs to AC Milan, but has spent the last three seasons in Spain. He has had stints with Alaves, Atletico Madrid and Villareal.

Known to have an eye for goal, Coloccini scored seven times in the season with Alaves.

The report claims that Benitez likes his physical and skilful style, and watched him regularly when he was in charge of Valencia.


JULY 8
Pompey set for Senegal swoop

By Chris Maxwell - LFC Online

Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp is said to be ready to raid Anfield for the dubious talents of underachieving Senegal duo Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf.

The veteran Pompey boss wants to secure the pair on a year-long loan to bolster a squad hit by the exit of on-loan Russian anchorman Alexei Smertin and the return of sprightly forward Lomona Lua-Lua to Newcastle United.

Diouf and Diao arrived on Merseyside for a combined fee of over 14m - 10m of which was used to purchase Diouf - following Senegal's surprise run to the World Cup quarter-finals two years ago.

Gerard had high hopes that both, alongside Bruno Cheyrou who has already sealed a loan move to Marseille, would lead a title challenge at Anfield but the majority of the Anfield faithful would be more than happy to see Redknapp's bid succeed this summer.


JULY 8
Barca enter Baros race

By Paul Higham - Planet Football

Barcelona have emerged as another club seriously interested in Milan Baros, as Liverpool insist Real Madrid have not contacted them regarding the Czech Republic star.

Baros is the man of the moment after topping the scoring charts in Euro 2004 in Portugal, but he is by no means guaranteed a starting place at Anfield.

Rafa Benitez has Michael Owen and new arrival Djibril Cisse at his disposal, and Baros could struggle for regular action.

The former Banik Ostrava man has already said he will hold talks with Benitez before deciding if he wants to leave the club.

Real Madrid are interested in signing Baros, with presidential candidate Lorenzo Sanz insisting that he already had a deal lined up should he win the club's elections.


JULY 6
Reds line-up Amoroso talks

Sky Sports

Sky Sports News understands that Liverpool have lined-up a shock move for Brazilian striker Marcio Amoroso.

The former Udinese and Borussia Dortmund ace is believed to have flown into England to hold talks with the Anfield outfit.

The 29-year-old is available on a free transfer after being released by Dortmund last season.

Amoroso had talks with Celtic about a possible move to Scotland in May and he also had a short spell training with Portsmouth.

Liverpool are now thought to have entered the chase for the ex-Parma man and he could be in line for a shock move to Merseyside.

New Reds boss Rafa Benitez has already seen Djibril Cisse arrive from Auxerre in a deal which was set-up by former boss Gerard Houllier and it comes as something of a surprise that he is in the market for a new striker.


JULY 6
Reds players in demand

By Alex Livie - Planet Football

A host of Liverpool players are being linked with moves away from Anfield, as clubs look to persuade new Reds coach Rafa Benitez to offload some of his squad members.

African forward El Hadji Diouf, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Alou Diarra are said to be attracting interest from all over Europe.

Senegal international Diouf has a host of clubs on his trail, with Portsmouth, West Brom and Celtic looking to keep him in Britain, while Malaga are plotting to bring him to La Liga.

Benitez has seen Djibril Cisse arrive as the replacement for Emile Heskey, but he could still be ready to move Diouf on.

Diouf forged a solid reputation in France with Lens, but he has only fleetingly produced his best during his spell in England.

Regular first-team football would be attractive to Diouf, but it remains to be seen if he would rather stay in England or head to Spain.

Diarra and Sinama-Pongolle, meanwhile, are said to be attracting admiring glances from Lens.

Lens are looking for new blood and are toying with the possibility of approaching Liverpool about loan deals for the pair.

Sinama-Pongolle is viewed by Liverpool officials as a future star and they could well sanction a loan move which would result in him securing regular playing time.

Diarra, meanwhile, spent last term on loan at Bastia and he could well head out for another season in Le Championnat with Lens.

In other news, Liverpool could face competition from Sevilla for Malaga midfielder Miguel Angel.

Benitez is a fan of the defensive-minded midfielder and is looking into the possibility of bringing him to Anfield, but he could face competition from Sevilla for his services.


JULY 6
Albion cleared to target Traore

By Chris Lepkowski - Evening Mail

Albion are set to receive the green light to step up their interest in Djimi Traore.

The Frenchman, who has been on Albion's wish-list all summer, is likely to be one of at least nine Liverpool players to be told they can leave Anfield by new boss Rafael Benitez.

Traore, who would be available for around 1million or a season-long loan, is expected to leave Merseyside in the near future, with Albion leading the race for his signature.


JULY 5
Ricardo keen on Anfield move

Sky Sports

The agent of Portugal goalkeeper Ricardo Pereira has urged Liverpool to consider a swoop for his client, who is keen on a summer move to The Premiership.

Ricardo, who proved his country's match-winner against England in the Euro 2004 quarter final, is considering his future having grown discontent at Sporting Lisbon.

He was reportedly offered to Celtic but his agent has now indicated he would be interested in a move to Anfield.

''He would jump at the opportunity to join the English Premiership, especially with Liverpool,'' he confirmed.

''He has shown his qualities throughout this year's tournament and if a club could afford him, then he would quit Lisbon.

''Rafael Benitez will know all about Ricardo from his time in Spain.''


JULY 4
Blues to seal shock Davids deal

Sky Sports

Chelsea are reported to have pulled off a shock swoop for Dutch international midfielder Edgar Davids.

Italian television station Telelombardia claim that the 31-year-old has agreed a two-year deal with the West Londoners.

The news comes as a surprise given that Chelsea, despite seemingly being linked with nearly every top player in Europe this summer, were not among the candidates thought to be vying for the combative midfielder.

Davids, who is available on a free transfer after leaving Juventus this summer, spent the second half of last season on loan at Barcelona.

He had originally been expected to sign a permanent deal with the Catalans, but opted to delay making a decision until after Euro 2004 after interest from England emerged.

Tottenham and Liverpool were thought to be leading the chase for the former Ajax ace, and Arsenal had also been mentioned in connection with his signature.

However, Chelsea - backed by the billions of Roman Abramovich - now appear to have beaten all of them to the punch and lured Davids to Stamford Bridge.


JULY 4
Fulham want Smicer

By Al Campbell - LFC Online


Fulham manager Chris Coleman will put in a 2m bid for Vladimir Smicer this week according to the Sunday People.


Smicer has had a decent Euro 2004 tournament but there are doubts whether he features in Rafael Benitez's plans for the future.


JULY 3
Mass exodus at Anfield?

Walk On LFC

New boss Rafael Benitez is planning a mass player clearout in time for the new season, claims The Mirror today.

The report claims that the most high-profile casualty will be German Didi Hamann.

Other players about to be shown the exit door are Bruno Cheyrou, Senegalese duo El Hadji Diouf and Salif Diao, French youngsters Djimi Traore and Alou Diarra and Croatian Igor Biscan.

Also on the way out are defenders Markus Babbel and Gregory Vignal and the report claims that Benitez would also be willing to off-load Vladimir Smicer.

The report estimates that the club will lose up to 40m from the sale of these players.


JULY 2
Reds set to take a loss on Diouf

By David Prentice - Liverpool Echo

Liverpool are ready to take a 7m loss on El Hadji Diouf.

Spanish side Malaga have enquired about the Senegalese international and even though they are prepared to offer only 3m, the Reds are likely to accept.

The man dubbed 'Serial Killer' cost Liverpool 10m in the summer of 2002.

But since arriving from Lens he scored just six goals in 80 appearances, while an attempted reinvention as a right-winger also failed.

Diouf has lost his number nine shirt to new signing Djibril Cisse, and his miserable spell on Merseyside may also soon come to an end.

A report this morning, meanwhile, suggested Liverpool could be poised to hijack Spurs' move for Dutch midfield star Edgar Davids.

No-one at Anfield was available for comment, although Davids is reported as saying: "I've received two very interesting offers from England and will announce a decision in the next few days.

"I've been linked with a move to England for a long time and maybe it's the right time now."

Davids is a free agent after his contract with Juventus ran out, and the 31-year-old's 30,000 a week wages are not prohibitive.


JULY 2
Reds mooted as Davids bidders

Sky Sports

Liverpool have reportedly emerged as rivals to Tottenham Hotspur in the race for Edgar Davids, but Internazionale remain favourites to sign the Dutch midfielder.

Davids is currently available on a free transfer after leaving Juventus and failing to agree a permanent contract with Barcelona, where he spent the second half of last season.

Italian giants Inter have long been expected to conclude a deal for the combative midfielder, who performed inconsistently at Euro 2004.

But there has also been Premiership interest in the 31-year-old, with Tottenham having been confirmed as Davids suitors.

On Thursday, Davids revealed that Spurs are one of two English clubs who are trying to tempt him to The Premiership, but he refused to identify the second side.

Reports now claim that Liverpool are in the chase, with new manager Rafa Benitez having been persuaded that Davids is the ideal player to beef up his midfield.

However, the Italian media are still insistent that it is Inter who will land Davids, with a decision on his future expected in the next few days.


JULY 2
Diouf linked with Malaga

Sky Sports

Liverpool flop El Hadji Diouf has been linked with a switch to Spanish outfit Malaga.

Diouf's position at Anfield is uncertain after he lost the number nine shirt to Djibril Cisse and the Senegal international has been mooted as a target for Malaga.

Benitez may decide to use Diouf as a bargaining tool in his pursuit of a quartet of Malaga players - Miguel Angel, Josemi, Alexis and Juan Calatayud.


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