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October - 2006

 
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3110: Fiorentina planning shock raid...
2310: Reds back on Italian trail
2010: Liverpool eye Nigerian starlet
1610: Reds and Magpies eye Neill
0310: Reds eye January River swoop
0310: Reds linked with Nani swoop


 
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OCTOBER 31
Fiorentina planning shock
raid for Liverpool star?


Fans FC

Reports in Italy are linking Luis Garcia with a move to Serie A

The Spanish international impressed as part of what is seen as Liverpool's strongest side in Saturday's 3-1 win over Aston Villa but had struggled before that to reproduce his best form.

Fiorentina director general Pantaleo Corvino is keen to add to the club's squad but it would still take a hefty bid to tempt the Reds into parting with Garcia.


OCTOBER 23
Reds back on Italian trail

By Graeme Bailey - Sky Sports

Palermo forward Andrea Caracciolo is again being scouted by Liverpool.

Rafa Benitez's scouting network first checked on the Italian international back in 2004 when he was still with Brescia.

He moved on to to Sicily in 2005 as Palermo beat a host of teams to his signature including Arsenal, Celtic, Shakhtar Donetsk and Barcelona.

He bagged a highly credible nine Serie A goals in his first season with the Rosanero but already his future is in doubt.

The 25-year-old - despite being capped by Italy - is not guaranteed a first team place by coach Franesco Guidolin which has led to renewed speculation about his future.

A host of clubs have now been alerted to Caracciolo's possible availability and Italian sources insist Liverpool had the player watch during last week's Uefa Cup clash at Eintracht Frankfurt.

It is believed that Caracciolo could be allowed to leave in January's transfer window.



OCTOBER 20
Liverpool eye Nigerian starlet

Clubcall Sports

Liverpool are reportedly chasing Nigerian starlet
Stephen 'Sunny' Sunday.


The 18-year-old, who currently plays for Poli Ejido, is also a target for Real Madrid, although Liverpool are interested in midfielder.

Reds boss Rafael Benitez has a vast scouting network and will be well aware of his talents in the Segunda Liga.

Real Betis also remain interested.


OCTOBER 16
Reds and Magpies eye Neill

Sporting Life

Liverpool face competition from Newcastle if they are to land Blackburn's Lucas Neill in January.

The 5million-rated Australian international, who is out of contract next summer, is keen to move to a bigger club and has already rejected an initial new offer from Rovers.

Although current boss Mark Hughes has not given up hope of keeping his left-back at the club, the Daily Mirror report that Newcastle will challenge Liverpool for the 28-year-old's signature in the January transfer window.

The Reds nearly signed Neill in the summer but their offer was rejected and now Blackburn risk losing him on the cheap.

Neill insisted last week he wants out at Ewood Park as he seeks a move to a bigger club while West Ham and Tottenham are also reportedly interested in his services.


OCTOBER 3
Reds eye January River swoop

EatSleepSport

Liverpool are reported to be lining up a 5million January swoop for River Plate's highly-rated young striker Gonzalo Higuain.

The Reds have been linked with the 18-year-old for some time and reports have gone as far as suggesting Rafa Benitez failed with a bid for the player back in August.

Benitez has not been deterred though and reports in Argentina suggest another attempt to lure him to Anfield will be made when the transfer window re-opens in January.

The versatility of the player, who can also play in central midfield, also appeals to Benitez who is still looking to strengthen despite spending close to 30million in the summer.

Higuain is leading scorer for River Plate in the early part of this season with four goals and Chelsea are also said to be tracking his progress out in Argentina.


OCTOBER 3
Reds linked with Nani swoop

EatSleepSport

Liverpool could be set to battle it out with Manchester United and Chelsea for the services of Sporting Lisbon star Nani.

The 19-year-old has impressed with the Portuguese club in the early part of the season and the Reds along with a host of other clubs have been alerted to his form.

Sporting, who are also going well in the Champions League, are keen to get one of their star men tied down to a new deal and are planning to offer him a lucrative contract that could stretch to 2010.

The player may stall on any talks though if he hears of the growing interest in him and the Reds are among the clubs hoping to do a deal.


Thor Zakariassen