Report: Mario Gomez wishes to leave
Bayern Munich for Liverpool
By Clark Whitney - Goal.com
Germany international Mario Gomez has expressed his
desire to leave Bayern Munich, if reports from Kicker are to be
believed. In recent days, rumours of a potential move to Liverpool have
gained momentum, reaching their apex today.
"When a club like Liverpool inquires, their interest cannot be pushed
off the table," his advisor, Uli Ferber allegedly told Kicker.
Gomez is out of favour in Bavaria, and would "just like to play football
again", according to Ferber. Liverpool allegedly would like to sign
Gomez on a year-long loan spell, and are willing to pay the player's
Gomez, 25, moved to Bavaria last summer for a record fee estimated to be
between €30-35m He struggled in his first year in Munich, scoring just
10 goals in 31 appearances.
Liverpool to sign £16m German
international Mario Gomez?
Steven Constable - caughtoffside.com
Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez is planning to
decide on a move to Liverpool today.
Reds boss Roy Hodgson has been looking to boost his striking options and
has targeted the 25-year-old as transfer deadline day looms.
Gomez is one of the most talented strikers in Germany.
Hatfuls of goals for Stuttgart, including 32 in 42 games two seasons
ago, earned him a €30 million move to Bayern.
And despite being in and out of the Bayern side last season, he still
managed 11 goals.
He appeared for Germany at the Word Cup and scored in a recent friendly
Gomez is valued at €15M-20M. (IMScouting)
It appears that the speculation linking Bayern Munich forward Mario
Gomez to a move to Anfield is growing by the minute.
The giant German international appears to be overlooked by Louis Van
Gaal this term as a first team starter with Thomas Muller and Miroslav
Klose being the first choice strike pairing for the Bundesliga champions
and even Ivica Olic may feel he is ahead of the former Stuttgart man in
the Allianz Arena pecking order.
Therefore a move away from Bavaria could well be a possibility and Roy
Hodgson may well be a fan of the 25 year old who was named German
Footballer of the Year back in 2007 but could he find the funds to sign
the player who only arrived at Bayern Munich for a fee of £24m last
Having netted 79 goals in his last three seasons at Stuttgart, Gomez
became a much sought after prize but it is worth noting that his arrival
at the club came some days before Van Gaal was named boss and last term
he failed to make much of an impact, netting just 14 times in 45
appearances and most notably just once in 12 Champions League matches.
Hodgson may feel that tall rangy Gomez would work well alongside
Fernando Torres and it seems that whilst the move may well be perfect
for the Merseyside outfit, finding the funds for a deal that would cost
around £16m may be a major obstacle.
West Ham tell Liverpool
only cash for Cole
Liverpool have been told to up their offer for West
Ham United striker Carlton Cole.
The Daily Mail says West Ham have rejected Liverpool's opening offer for
Liverpool are willing to offer £7million and have even discussed a
straight swap involving Ryan Babel but West Ham want at least £10m
straight cash for 26-year-old England striker Cole.
Reds linked with
Roy Hodgson has confirmed he is in the market for a
new striker amid reports Liverpool are holding talks with West Ham about
According to Sky Sports News, Liverpool made an enquiry about the
Hammers striker over the weekend and are now in 'early talks' as they
continue their search for extra firepower before the transfer window
closes on Tuesday.
Speaking after the victory over West Brom, Hodgson told Liverpool's
official website: "We've got space to add a player. We'd like another
striker, we've said that all along and there's no point me denying it.
But we still haven't found the right man and time is running out for
Hammers boss Avram Grant has previously stated that he does not want to
sell the striker, while Cole himself has declared that he expects to
stay at Upton Park.
But it is not surprising that the 26-year-old has attracted interest
after establishing himself as an effective Premier League performer.
Cole and his West Ham team-mates have had little success this season,
though, losing their first three games to lie bottom of the table.
Liverpool prepare £9.6m bid for
Fulham forward Bobby Zamora
By Steven Constable - CaughtOffSide.com
Roy Hodgson is preparing the ground for a substantial
bid for Fulham forward Bobby Zamora as the Anfield boss continues to
look to bring in signings to boost the strength of his Liverpool squad.
It is rumoured that the Merseyside club could offer double the fee the
west London side paid West Ham for his services back in the summer of
Having secured the signing of Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles to
help deal with the loss of Javier Mascherano, Hodgson now wants to bring
in another attacking option. Having failed to seal deals for Swedish
international Ola Toivonen and West Ham forward Carlton Cole, the club
will now turn to 29 year old England international Zamora.
The former Tottenham man has been in astounding form over the past 18
months and has managed to net 22 goals in his last 51 starts, and as a
result forced his way into Fabio Capello’s England set up.
An offer of £9.6m could be made by Liverpool but Mark Hughes is sure to
fight off such a move but he may find that such a move from the Anfield
club could prove very tempting for Londoner, especially as it would see
the player reunited with the manager who arguably helped get his career
back on track.
The strong physical presence of Zamora could work well alongside the
guile and prolific ability of Fernando Torres and could go some way to
resolving the lack of effective striking options at the club.
Report: Liverpool could offer Babel
or Lucas in exchange for Cole
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson, reportedly keen to
bolster the Reds' attacking options, is said to be targeting West Ham
United striker Carlton Cole - and may be prepared to offer the Hammers
Ryan Babel or Lucas as sweeteners in a possible cash-plus-player deal.
Hodgson has money to spend following Javier Mascherano's departure for
Barcelona and although he has already committed a sizeable chunk of the
fee from that sale to the acquisition of Raul Meireles and expected
arrival of Paul Konchesky, The News of the World claims that he will
also make a late bid to land Cole before the transfer window closes on
The powerful England international, previously with Chelsea, has moved
to the top of the list of strikers wanted by Hodgson to ease the burden
on Fernando Torres, following Tottenham's refusal to let Peter Crouch
return to Anfield, and PSV's unwillingness to lower the £13 million
asking price for Ola Toivonen, who was recently scouted for the Reds by
Although West Ham have said Cole is not for sale, the report states they
would accept a fee of around £10m.
The Liverpool boss would rather arrange a player-plus-cash deal for the
26-year-old forward, though, as that would leave him with money to spend
on at least one further addition to his squad.
Meireles from Porto
By Duncan White - Telegraph.co.uk
Liverpool are finalising the transfer of Raul Meireles
from Porto as they move quickly to replace Javier Mascherano.
The Portugal international midfielder, 27, is expected to sign for the
Anfield club this weekend as Roy Hodgson seeks to compensate for the
loss of the Argentina international, who is joining Barcelona in a
It is understood that Meireles had been lined up by Barcelona, should
they have failed to land Mascherano and sources at the Camp Nou revealed
that Meireles would now be joining Liverpool instead. Liverpool will
reinvest the majority of the Mascherano money in Meireles, with a deal
that could rise to as much as £17m.
Meireles had been strongly linked with a move away from Porto and a
departure appeared inevitable when he was omitted from their Europa
League squad last week. Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas was resigned to
losing the player and it was reported that Manchester United manager Sir
Alex Ferguson also wanted him to replace Owen Hargreaves.
The signing would represent a coup for Liverpool. Meireles was coveted
across the continent after establishing himself as one of the most
impressive central midfielders in European football.
He came close to joining Jose Mourinho at Internazionale last season
after the Italian club agreed to exchange winger Ricardo Quaresma with
Porto but the deal broke down after Quaresma refused to return to
Both Chelsea and Barcelona had watched Meireles last season and the
player was understood to want a move to an elite European club after six
years of success with Porto.
Meireles emerged as one of his country’s most promising players in the
European Under 16 championships in Israel in 2000, starring alongside
Quaresma as Portugal won the title. He joined Porto in 2004, after
making his name with Boavista, and has won the Portuguese league title
four times in his six seasons with the club.
The heavily tattooed midfielder was promoted to the Portugal team after
the 2006 World Cup and has gone on to establish himself in Carlos
Queiroz’s side, winning 38 caps and scoring 6 goals.
He was part of the squad at Euro 2008 and started every one of
Portugal’s World Cup qualifying games. He scored the decisive goal in
the play-off with Bosnia, effectively qualifying Portugal for South
Africa, where he impressed, scoring in the 7-0 rout of North Korea.
There had been serious concerns among Liverpool supporters that the club
would not be in a position to reinvest any of the money from the sale of
Mascherano, with the level of debt that needs to be serviced.
Having sold Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid last summer and with his
replacement, Alberto Aquilani, having moved to Juventus on a season-long
loan, Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has been forced to remodel his
Christian Poulsen, the Danish holding midfielder, has already been
signed from Sevilla and Meireles would be expected to play alongside him
in a more dynamic role.
He has been used by Porto as a defensive midfielder but is encouraged to
break from deep positions. That would mean Hodgson could play Steven
Gerrard in his more favoured attacking role.
for Reds medical
Sky Sports Sources understand Fulham defender Paul
Konchesky will undergo a medical at Liverpool this weekend.
Reds manager Roy Hodgson confirmed earlier this week he had spoken to
his former club over a possible move for the left-back.
And 29-year-old Konchesky, a regular during Hodgson's time at Craven
Cottage, now appears likely for a reunion with his former boss on
The stopper, a twice-capped England international, arrived at Fulham
from West Ham three years ago.
interest in Gary Medel
By Daniel Edwards - Goal.com
Boca Juniors star Gary Medel could be on the way to
Liverpool to fill the gap left by Barcelona-bound Javier Mascherano,
according to the Chilean international's agent.
Medel, nicknamed 'Pitbull' for his tough tackling and uncompromising
style of play, can feature in midfield or defence, and Fernando
Felicevich asserted today that the player is being watched by Liverpool
closely as they line up a replacement for Mascherano before the end of
the summer transfer window.
"We are waiting to hear something back from Gary, since he is one of the
options that the coach [Roy Hodgson] is considering after Mascherano's
departure," Felicevich told Radio Cooperativa in this morning's
Medel is officially still part of Chilean club Universidad Catolica, but
has been on loan in Argentina since June 2009.
"The subject could now be reopened, but there is still time."
As of yet there has been no official approach or comment from Liverpool
Liverpool pair set to join
Fulham as £9m duo head to Anfield?
By Steven Constable - CaughtOffside
Skysports.com understands Fulham are in talks to sign
Liverpool youngsters Lauri Dalla Valle and Alex Kacaniklic.
The Reds duo are currently in London to have talks with the Cottagers
over possible moves, where they will have medicals if personal terms can
Striker Dalla Valle, 18, has been on the books at Anfield since January
2008 but the Finland Under-19 international has failed to break into the
Some sources believe that the ease with which Roy Hodgson is allowing
these two impressive youngsters to move to Craven Cottage may be a
sweetener to a potential double Liverpool swoop as the former Fulham
boss looks to snap up Craven Cottage men Paul Konchesky and Dickson
Both players have been heavily linked with moves to Merseyside and now
that Javier Mascherano has joined Barcelona, Hodgson has the funds
needed to complete the deal.
The addition of both will helpfully fill two holes in the Liverpool
squad. With Emiliano Insua almost out the door and Fabio Aurelio still
not fit, Daniel Agger has been filling in at left back, the signing of
Paul Konchesky will resolve that issue.
Etuhu could be brought in to give the club more strength in depth now
that Mascherano has left. Whilst the Nigerian isn’t in the same league
as the Argentine midfielder, he is a cut price good back up if Christian
Poulsen takes Javier’s spot in the starting eleven.
Diarra in Reds link
By Francisco Acedo - Sky Sports
Liverpool are reported to have been offered Real
Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra.
Diarra is thought to be surplus to requirements at El Santiago Bernabeu
following the summer arrival of Sami Khedira from Stuttgart.
The 29-year-old has just a year to run on his current contract and Real
are willing to offload him now rather than risk losing him for nothing
Liverpool could be in the market for a defensive midfielder should
Javier Mascherano leave Anfield for either Barcelona or Inter Milan.
Former Lyon star Diarra admits he would be interested in a move to
England as he wants to be playing regular first-team football.
"A chance to play in the Premier League would be excellent for me
because I simply desire to play and not be on the sidelines," said
race to sign Cole
By Harry Harris - ESPN Soccernet
Soccernet has been informed that neither club have, as
yet, made an official bid, but the Hammers are well aware of the
interest mounting from the two clubs.
Soccernet first revealed that the Hammers were asking £15 million for
Cole and that the player's preference was a move to Anfield. Now
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is ready to make the long awaited swoop
after failing with a succession of moves for other strikers.
Sunderland are the latest club to be linked with the centre-forward this
week, while Stoke and Birmingham have been in hot pursuit without
success in turning Cole's head.
Cole made it clear he would only quit Upton Park for a big club and West
Ham have been anticipating a move from Liverpool.
With the expected sale of Javier Mascherano to Barcelona for more than
£20 million, Hodgson has lined up a move for Cole.
Once Liverpool have sold Mascherano, who was rescued from the Hammers
bench by his £18 million move to Anfield, the Reds can offer West Ham
the inducement of paying a large chunk of the fee up front, which in
turn can aid the Hammers' transfer business in the final days of the
Co-owner David Sullivan has been busy lining up a replacement for Cole
and, once the England international departs, two more strikers are
earmarked for Upton Park.
Reds move for
Skysports.com understands Liverpool are closing in on
the signing of Fulham defender Paul Konchesky.
Reds bos Roy Hodgson has openly admitted bringing a new left-back is one
of his top priorities this summer and it is believed he wants Konchesky
to solve the problematic position.
Hodgson is a big admirer of Konchesy having worked with the 29-year-old
for two-and-a-half-years prior to his switch to Anfield.
Liverpool are keen to bring in a new left-back before the close of the
transfer window and had been linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven's
However, it appears Liverpool have opted to go for Konchesky with the
player having just a year to run on his contract at Fulham.
Konchesky's future at Fulham has been the subject of speculation all
summer with Birmingham having seen one bid turned down eartlier this
New Fulham boss Mark Hughes was keen to keep hold of the former Charlton
man, but Konchesky is thought to have informed the Cottagers chief of
his desire to be reunited with Hodgson at Anfield.
Liverpool are believed to be prepared to pay up to £3.5million to land
Konchesky as Hodgson looks to finalise his rebuilding plans at the club.
Reds target Trezeguet
David Trezeguet's agent claims Liverpool are
interested in signing the Juventus forward.
Reports in Italy claim Liverpool made an enquiry for Trezeguet after
allowing Alberto Aquilani to join Juve on loan.
Reds boss Roy Hodgson is keen to bolster his attacking options before
the close of the transfer window and he is believed to be considering a
swoop for French international Trezeguet.
Trezeguet's future at Juve has been the subject of speculation for some
time with the Frenchman dropping down the pecking order at the
The player's agent, Antonio Caliendo, admits Liverpool and Spanish duo
Real Zaragoza and Hercules are chasing Trezeguet's signature.
"An interest of Liverpool? There are requests, not just of Liverpool,"
Caliendo told calciomercato.it.
"In Spain there is the interest of Real Zaragoza and Hercules.
"We are considering [offers], today is a day of reflection, we will know
becomes Liverpool target
By Andrew Slevison - tribalfootball
PSV Eindhoven attacker Ola Toivonen has emerged as a
target for Liverpool according to reports.
The 24-year old Swede is being linked with a £5million Anfield move
after Roy Hodgson watched him for his national team against Scotland
Toivonen joined PSV in 2009 from Malmo FF and has a very strong
goalscoring record in the Dutch Eredivisie, making him an attractive
proposition for Hodgson.
Babel back on
Skysports.com understands Birmingham are stepping up
their interest in Liverpool's Ryan Babel.
The Reds are ready to offload the former Ajax ace so that they can fund
some of their own signings before the close of the transfer window.
The news has rekindled Birmingham's interest in the 23-year-old with
Blues boss Alex McLeish a long-term admirer of the versatile attacker.
Birmingham failed in a bid to sign Babel during the January transfer
window, but they have been keeping tabs on his situation at Anfield.
McLeish has been frustrated in his attempts to bring in attacking
reinforcements after missing out on Moussa Dembele and he could now
refocus his attentions on Babel.
for Fiorentina raid
Liverpool could swoop for Fiorentina's Mario Bolatti
as a replacement for Javier Mascherano, according to the Argentine
Bolatti, who played alongside Mascherano at the World Cup, only joined
La Viola in January but reports in Argentine newspaper Ole claim
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is keen to bring him to Anfield.
Hodgson has revealed he will ensure he has a replacement lined up before
any of his top players leave and has been desperately seeking a holding
midfielder after Mascherano announced he is looking to move on, with
Inter Milan and Barcelona interested in his services.
However, it seems as if Denmark international Christian Poulsen is set
for a move to Liverpool from Italian side Juventus and if, as expected,
Poulsen arrives at Anfield, Hodgson is unlikely to pursue his interest
Barca pounce on
Inter appear to have given up on Javier Mascherano,
sending the Liverpool midfielder closer to Barcelona.
He had made it clear he wanted to reunite with Rafa Benitez at San Siro
and even went so far as learning Italian during the World Cup this
However, this week Nerazzurri President Massimo Moratti decided he was
too expensive at €30m, especially with Douglas Maicon now off the
According to Catalan newspaper ‘El Mundo Deportivo,’ Barcelona have
dived right in to take advantage of the situation.
Their own bid for Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas failed, so they would be
willing to pay Liverpool’s requested sum for Mascherano.
They would also be able to hand over Aleksandar Hleb as part of the
“The player would like to talk to Barca. After all, the sums requested
are half of what they put on the table for Fabregas,” agent Horacio
Zandonadi told Com Radio.
“Mascherano has not renewed his contract and the club promised to
release him if he requested a transfer.
“The situation is much easier than a year ago, when Barcelona already
made an offer for Javier.
“Many clubs like Mascherano, as he is a great player at the highest
make new enquiries
for West Ham’s Cole
By Andrew Slevison - tribalfootball
West Ham United striker Carlton Cole has remained a
transfer target for Liverpool who have made new enquiries about his
The Hammers have told Liverpool that Cole will cost them £12million and
now Reds boss Roy Hodgson will have to wait and see if midfielder Javier
Mascherano leaves for Inter Milan so he can use that money to make the
Cole has been heavily linked with Stoke City but reportedly does not
want to end up there and hopes Liverpool stay interested, especially
after news has emerged that they are set to sign Christian Poulsen from
Juventus, who will act as Mascherano’s replacement.
to sell Jones to Liverpool
Liverpool are upping their offer for Middlesbrough
goalkeeper Brad Jones.
The Mirror says Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will make a new £2million bid
for Middlesbrough keeper Brad Jones today.
The Kop are upping their original offer and Boro are set to accept the
fee for the big Australian, who will be allowed to head to Merseyside as
the main competition for No.1 Pepe Reina.
Boro were holding out for £3m, but have now lowered their demands and
Jones will make the move to Anfield as a ‘home-grown player’ under new
Premier League rules, because of the time he has spent in England.
Liverpool to beat Arsenal for
Man City winger Wright-Phillips
Liverpool are ahead of Arsenal in the race for frozen
out Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.
The Sunday Mirror says the England winger has been told he can leave
Manchester City for about £7million. But Arsenal are unwilling to pay
him more than the £65,000 a week he earns at City.
That has opened the door for Roy Hodgson to beat Arsene Wenger again
after the Liverpool boss persuaded Joe Cole to move to Anfield ahead of
Wright-Phillips turned down City’s offer of a £10,000-a-week wage hike
at the end of last season.
with Reds return
This is Anfield
England striker Peter Crouch has again been linked
with a return to Liverpool.
Crouch left Anfield two years ago for Portsmouth, for £8m, seeking
regular first-team football, moving to Tottenham a year later. He’s now
linked with a return to Merseyside for £10m.
Reports suggest Crouch is keen on a return to the club, with somewhat
unfinished business, and the city where his fiancee Abigail Clancy is
The Telegraph write:
Liverpool cannot offer Crouch the Champions League football he would
enjoy at White Hart Lane, but Hodgson believes he could convince the
England international to rejoin the Merseyside club.
Crouch would also add to the new homegrown squad quota rule.
Originally signed from Southampton in 2005, Crouch made 134 appearances
for the Reds, scoring 42 goals.
Inter close in
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 evening.
Macia was Rafael Benitez's right-hand man at Liverpool and is being
touted in the Italian media as the club's de facto director of sport.
It's no secret that Macia was in Italy this week. He apparently dined
with Fiorentina director of sport Pantaleo Corvino on Monday night to
discuss the now failed transfer of Emiliano Insua.
He then reportedly held talks with Juventus director general Beppe
Marotta regarding Christian Poulsen. Il Corriere claims Poulsen's agent
will be in Liverpool today to discuss personal terms.
Macia then flew back to England, but a phone call was made perhaps to
relay the message that negotiations can now start for Mascherano, as his
replacement has been found.
Liverpool locked in Juventus
talks over £6M Poulsen deal
Liverpool have opened talks with Juventus for
midfielder Christian Poulsen.
The Sun says new Reds boss Roy Hodgson wants Juventus star Poulsen to
bolster his midfield and the clubs are negotiating a £6million move.
Once the Denmark international's signing is confirmed, that could see
Argentine hardman Mascherano packing his bags to link up with former
gaffer Rafa Benitez at Inter Milan.
Mascherano, 26, told Hodgson last week he wanted a move but the Reds -
who have slapped a £25m price tag on him - want a replacement sorting
Roy ready for
Liverpool are believed to be lining up a bid for Peter
Crouch after indications that Tottenham will sell the striker to raise
Roy Hodgson has made no secret of the fact that he would like to bring
in more British players to Anfield, with Reds old boy Crouch mentioned
this summer as a potential target.
Harry Redknapp is struggling to reinforce his squad and as he seeks
another frontman, it is understood he is willing to let the England
international move on in order to fund his own transfer activity.
With Javier Mascherano likely to move on before the transfer window
closes, Liverpool will have the funds to re-sign Crouch - who scored 22
goals in 85 appearances during his time with the Reds.
Hodgson's former club Fulham are also said to be interested in the
striker, who turned down a move to Craven Cottage last year, but
Liverpool are leading the race for his signature.