Rumours

October - 2004

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3110: Liverpool linked with 6 million...
2810: Ranieri confirms Reds Mista interest
2510: Benitez eyes Ghana star Kuffour
2410: Reds linked with Chelsea midfielder
2410: Beni eyes three amigos
1810: Liverpool tipped to open transfer talks
1710: Everton planning Anfield raid
1510: Liverpool scouts target Racing...  
1510: Arsenal ready to rescue 10million Owen
1410: Brown set for Liverpool switch?
1210: Barca target Hamann move
1210: Liverpool line up Morientes bid
1110: 8million Liverpool bid rejected
1010: Reds eye Depor star
 
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OCTOBER 31
Liverpool linked with 6million Premiership striker

Kop Talk

Liverpool have been linked with a possible move for Crystal Palace striker Andy Johnson.

Palace paid Birmingham City 750,000 for the 23-year-old in 2002 and following his arrival he's been very impressive banging in goals on a regular basis. So far this season he's got 8 goals, 3 of which have been penalties.

Johnson recently signed a new five year contract but according to reports, Palace would be willing to sell if the right offer came along. It is claimed that they value him at around 6million.


OCTOBER 28
Ranieri confirms Reds Mista interest

talklfc.com

According to Sky Sports Valencia coach Claudio Ranieri has confirmed Liverpool are interested in striker Mista.

If Ranieri's quotes are anything to go by, however, he has only said he is aware Liverpool have been linked with the striker. There is no mention of the Reds officially stating their interest.

The Spanish striker scored 19 goals last season but Ranieri favours his countrymen Marco Di Vaio and Bernardo Corradi. This has caused the Spanish forward to refuse signing a new contract with the champions.

As his current deal will runout next summer Valencia are desperate for him to sign
a new contract or risk losing him for free in the summer.

Ranieri wants to keep the player but he is well aware of his situation and the interest for him around Europe.

"I am aware Liverpool have been linked with my striker Mista," said Ranieri.

"But a number of clubs from around Europe are looking at him."


OCTOBER 25
Benitez eyes Ghana star Kuffour

Ghana Web

Premiership big guns Liverpool want to sign Bayern Munich's Ghanaian defender Sammy Kuffour according to reports in the local German media.

Spanish coach Rafael Benitez wants to bolster his backline for the new season and has reportedly lodged a four million pound (7.2 million dollar) bid for African stopper Kuffour.

The 27-year-old Kuffour, who has been at Bayern since 1993, is no longer a permanent fixture in the first team after the 12 million euro arrival of Brazilian World Cup winner Lucio in the close season.

Kuffour is keen on a move away from the Olympic Stadium and Munich are willing to sell the former African Player of the Year as his contract expires in June 2005 when they risk losing him for nothing. Kuffour has made over 150 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern winning five German titles and the holy grail of the Champions League in 2001.


OCTOBER 24
Reds linked with Chelsea midfielder

By Adam Bryant - LFC Online

According to the Sunday Mirror, Liverpool have expressed an interest in Chelsea's Scott Parker.

The former Charlton midfielder has struggled to get into Jose Mourinho's side this season and has also attracted the interest of Newcastle United and Aston Villa.

Former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri, now at Valencia, is also believed to be keeping a close eye on developments.


OCTOBER 24
Beni eyes three amigos

By Adam Bryant - LFC Online

Rafael Benitez is looking to bring in new players in January and, according to the Sunday papers, there may be three more Spanish arrivals on Merseyside.

Athletico Madrid's Fernando Torres heads the wanted list, although Benitez would need to fork out at least 28m for the striker.

Fernando Morientes is still being linked wit a possible move, although he would cost in the region of 20m.

Liverpool are also looking at Deportivo's 10m midfielder Victor.


OCTOBER 18
Liverpool tipped to open transfer talks

Kop Talk

Internet whispers this afternoon claim that the agent of Real Madrid's Fernando Morientes will arrive in the north west this week for talks with the Reds about a possible 2005 transfer.

The player recently admitted that he would be up for a move to Anfield and it's no secret that manager Rafael Benitez is a fan.

Benitez has already informed chief executive Rick Parry that he would like to sign the player and it's now down to the wallet to see if a deal can be struck.


OCTOBER 17
Everton planning Anfield raid

Kop Talk

Newspaper reports today claim that Liverpool's feeder club Everton will make a double swoop for Stephane Henchoz and Djimi Traore when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Manager Rafael Benitez blocked Traore's proposed Everton move in the summer but his counterpart David Moyes believes the Reds will do business in 2005 although he may have to wait until the summer.

Stephane Henchoz, sadly, is available for transfer.


OCTOBER 15
Liverpool scouts target Racing Santander winger

Kop Talk

Reports originating from Israel claim that Rafael Benitez has re-assigned scouts to monitor Racing Santander winger Yossi Benayoun.

The 24-year-old Israel international scored two spectacular goals against Switzerland last weekend and it is claimed that Liverpool representatives were there to see him in action.

They won't have been disappointed. His first goal was a superb solo effort as he weaved his way through the middle of the Swiss defence before rounding the 'keeper to sidefoot into the empty goal. He acrobatically volleyed home a rebounding shot off the 'keeper for his second.

Gerard Houllier had the the former Ajax star tracked in the past but nothing ever came of our interest.


OCTOBER 15
Arsenal ready to rescue 10million Owen

Kop Talk

Premiership giants Arsenal will make a 10million offer for Real Madrid striker Michael Owen at the end of the season, claim newspaper reports in the U.K. today.

Potential bidders are already queuing up to try and tempt the former Liverpool striker to leave the Bernabeu if his Real Madrid nightmare continues. Liverpool have first option on the player but the latest whispers suggest the player wouldn't be interested in returning to Anfield.

Italian outfit Juventus were yesterday linked with the player but if today's reports are to be believed, Arsenal have already moved to register their interest with Real Madrid. It is also claimed that Arsenal intermediaries have aleardy made contact with Owen's agents to inform them that if he wants to come home, they will have a bid ready and waiting for him.

It is claimed that Real have slapped a 14million valuation on the player's head.


OCTOBER 14
Brown set for Liverpool switch?

LFC Online

Wes Brown has turned down a new contract at Manchester United, sparking rumours that he is set to leave Old Trafford.

Liverpool, Astron Villa and Newcastle are the three clubs being linked with a possible move according to today's Mirror.

With his current contract due to expire in the summer, if no agreement has been reached by January United will sell him to the highest bidder.

Liverpool have apparently already been in touch with Brown's agent and may be the first to make a move for the defender.


OCTOBER 12
Barca target Hamann move

By Peter ORourke - Planet Football/Sky Sports

Barcelona are reported to be pondering a surprise move for Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann when the transfer window reopens.

The Spanish giants are considering re-entering the transfer market in January to help ease a midfield crisis.

With Edmilson and Thiago Motta long-term injury victims at Camp Nou Barca coach Frank Rijkaard is short of options in midfield.

The Dutchman is keen to bring in a new midfielder in the New Year as he looks to keep Barca on the road to challenging for honours.

Arsenal's Brazilian international Edu is believed to be Barca's top target to alleviate their midfield problems, although the Spanish club have played down their interest in the South American.

Reports in Spain now suggest that Barca are drawing up a list of alternatives should they fail to lure Edu away from Highbury.

Hamann is believed to be among the list of targets to fill the defensive role in their midfield having missed out to Real Madrid for Argentine Javier Mascherano.

The German's future at Liverpool is uncertain following the arrival and impact of summer signing Xabi Alonso.

The former Newcastle man was even dropped from the starting line-up for his side's last game at Chelsea with Senegal international Salif Diao getting the nod ahead of him to start in midfield.

Hamann was strongly linked with a move away from Merseyside during the summer and with his contract coming to an end next summer speculation is sure to intensify.

Liverpool could be prepared to sell him in January rather than risk losing him for nothing in the summer as it would raise more funds for Reds boss Rafa Benitez to spend himself in the transfer window.


OCTOBER 12
Liverpool line up Morientes bid

Sporting Life

Rafael Benitez is lining up a fresh bid for Fernando Morientes as he looks to strengthen his attacking options in the January transfer window.

The Liverpool manager tried to sign the Real Madrid star this summer but was thwarted when the striker handed his support to Jose Camacho in his first season at the Bernabeu.

Camacho's abrupt departure as Madrid coach has cast doubt on Morientes's long-term future and Liverpool are ready to test whether his resolve has been weakened by the managerial upheaval.

Michael Owen has been repeatedly linked with a return to Anfield in the transfer window, even though Fifa rules prevent such a move until next summer.

Benitez, however, remains anxious to improve his weakened attack and sees the experienced Spanish international as an ideal addition with Djibril Cisse and Milan Baros struggling to make an impact and only Florent Sinama-Pongolle in support.

Speaking last month Benitez, who also wanted to lure Jonathan Woodgate to Anfield, revealed: "I wanted Morientes as part of the Owen deal but he had given his word to Camacho to stay and he kept it."


OCTOBER 11
8million Liverpool bid rejected

Kop Talk

Liverpool were linked with Blackburn Rovers midfielder Barry Ferguson over the weekend by one of the Sunday newspapers.

Former boss Gerard Houllier was a keen admirer of the player before he was signed by Rovers and the player's agent has revealed what we told you at the time in that Glasgow Rangers rejected an 8million bid from Anfield for his services.

"I spoke to Liverpool a couple of seasons ago when Gerard Houllier was manager and they made an 8 million offer to Rangers, but it was rejected," said Ferguson's agent John Viola.

"Liverpool have always shown interest in Barry but at this stage there has been no approach from the new regime."


OCTOBER 10
Reds eye Depor star

By Francisco Acedo - Planet Football/Sky Sports

Liverpool are understood to be lining up a move for Deportivo La Coruna star Victor.

Reds boss Rafa Benitez is a long-term admirer of the player, and sees the Spain international as the answer to the problem right side of midfield position at Anfield.

Benitez tried to sign the former Real Madrid star during his time at Valencia, but was frustrated by Depor's elevated valuation of the player.

However, with more spending power at his disposal now he is with Liverpool, a renewed bid for the 28-year-old looks likely when the transfer window reopens in January.

Benitez has already brought four Spaniards to Anfield since taking over, but an injury to winger Antonio Nunez has left him short of options on the right side of midfield.

Ironically, Benitez could well face competition from former club Valencia for Victor's services, with Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid also reportedly interested.

Despite being a regular for Depor, the Galician outfit could well be persuaded to part with their midfielder - who is under contract at The Riazor until June 2006 - if a sizeable offer comes in.

Boss Javier Irureta is thought to be lining up a swoop for Andres D'Alessandro and could use any proceeds from Victor's sale to fund a move for Wolfsburg's Argentine star.

For his part, Victor insisted he was fully focused on playing for Depor and claimed he was not thinking about a possible transfer.

"My objective at the moment is Deportivo and I do not want to think about other clubs," he stated.

"This is a matter for the clubs and does not involve me at this point."


Thor Zakariassen