October - 2007

3110: Aston Villa will break bank to sign...
2910: Reds linked with Pandev move
2110: Liverpool to hijack Madrid target
1110: Liverpool eye Bilbao defender...
1110: Peter Crouch £8m target of Man City
1010: English giants track Menez
1010: Reds linked with Brazilian

Aston Villa will break
bank to sign Peter Crouch

By Vicki Hodges - Daily Telegraph

Aston Villa are desperate to sign Liverpool striker Peter Crouch in the January transfer window.

Manager Martin O'Neill is ready to break the £9.65 million club record fee which saw them land Ashley Young, to bring Crouch back to Villa Park.

England international Crouch spent a largely unsuccessful two-year stint in the Midlands after a £5m move from Portsmouth in 2002 and scored only six goals in 47 Premier League appearances before then-manager David O'Leary sold him to Southampton for £2m.

O'Neill remains an admirer of Crouch and enquired as to his availability back in August but is now ready to launch a bid to sign the 26-year-old who has scored 12 scores in 22 appearances for England.

Crouch has found himself down the pecking order at Liverpool this season following the summer arrivals of Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin and has only started five games in all competitions this season.

Despite his bit-part role, Crouch is thought to still be happy at Anfield and is not seeking a move away from the club.

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has also insisted that he wants to keep hold of his giant striker but could be tempted by a big-money offer.

Sven-Goran Eriksson has already indicated his desire to bring Crouch to Manchester City to bolster his current light-weight attack.

Reds linked with Pandev move

Football 365

Liverpool are reported to be tracking Lazio forward Goran Pandev.

The 24-year-old is regarded as one of the best prospects in Europe after impressing for the Serie A side last season.

And Pandev's stock rose when he scored both goals for Lazio in their 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in the Champions League earlier this season.

His performances are thought to have caught the attention of Liverpool scouts and Rafa Benitez is believed to be weighing up a move for the Macedonian.

The Reds have struggled for goals so far this season despite the arrival of Fernando Torres, and with doubts continuing to surround the future of Peter Crouch, Benitez could be in the market for a new striker

Lazio are keen to keep hold of Pandev and he is contracted to them.

However, they face a fight to resist overtures for their most saleable asset with Bayern Munich confirming their interest in the highly-rated attacker.

Liverpool to hijack Madrid target

By Ben Blackmore - Setanta Sports

Liverpool have emerged as front runners to sign Simon Kjaer, one of the most highly-rated teenage talents
in Europe.

The 18-year-old defender has been courting interest from Europe's top clubs with some fine performances for Danish club FC Midtyjlland.

Real Madrid are among the clubs tracking the defenderís progress, but it is believed Liverpool have jumped to the head of the queue after sending scouts to watch the player.

Agent Mikkel Beck told The Sunday Sun: "You realise how special this kid is when Liverpool watch him and tell you he's good enough to play in their first team.

"Messi, Rooney, Dos Santos - he is special like them.

"Lille and Monaco were the first to show an interest, then Real made a much better offer and it was turned down. He is worth a lot more."

Liverpool eye Bilbao
defender Amorebieta

According to reports, Liverpool are keeping an eye on Athletic Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta, with a view to signing him in the January transfer window.

After a summer of spending it appears that Benitez still feels he lacks defensive cover, a point highlighted by the injury to Daniel Agger and Alvaro Arbeloa.

Despite the Spaniard not being happy with his back line, Liverpool have only conceded two goals from open play in the Premier League so far this season, the basis for their better-than-usual start to the campaign.

Amorebieta can play across the back line, and being versatile would appeal to Benitez who was unable to consolidate not bringing Gabriel Heinze to Anfield.

Bilbao are said to be keen to hold on to the youngster, but the lure of playing under Benitez at one of the biggest clubs in Europe could be too big to refuse.

Peter Crouch £8m target of Man City

By Vicki Hodges - The Daily Telegraph

The Manchester City manager has made the England international one of his top targets when the transfer window reopens to bolster City's lightweight attack.

With Valeri Bojinov sidelined with a serious knee injury and Georgios Samaras out of form, Eriksson has targeted 26-year-old Crouch as the 20-goal per season striker required by City to maintain their good form in the Premier League this season.

Crouch is a player Eriksson knows well having launched his England career while he was the national coach.

Eriksson handed Crouch his international debut back in May 2005 against Colombia while on a tour of the United States and took him to last year's World Cup finals in Germany.

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is likely to welcome the interest shown by Manchester City as Crouch has fallen down the pecking order since the summer arrivals of Andriy Voronin and Fernando Torres.

Benitez is thought to want to offload Crouch so that he can free up some cash to spend in the transfer window himself, with the long-term future of midfielder Javier Mascherano one of his main priorities.

Crouch, who has 20 months left to run on his current deal, would equally be keen to become reunited with Eriksson as he becomes frustrated at Benitez's rotation policy.

The former Southampton striker has only started one League game this season and scored once in Liverpool's Champions League qualifier against Toulouse.

English giants track Menez

By Patrick Haond - Sky Sports

Manchester United and Liverpool are reportedly scouting Monaco star Jeremy Menez.

The 20-year-old signed for Monaco from Sochaux in June 2006 and is rated as one of France's most gifted young talents.

Menez, who has been likened to France legend Zinedine Zidane, has scored three goals in nine appearances so far this season.

The starlet made a real name for himself when he became the youngest player to score a hat-trick in Ligue 1 at the age of 17.

Reds linked with Brazilian

By Al Campbell - LFC Online

Liverpool have been linked with Brazilian striker
Alfonso Alves.

Rafael Benitez is reportedly preparing a bid for the Heerenveen striker when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Alves scored 34 times in 31 games in the Dutch top flight last season and was named Holland's player of the year.

Alves' arrival would probably mean the departure of Peter Crouch who has not signed a contract extension with the Reds.

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