October - 2008

2010: Benitez shows interest
          in Wigan's Zaki

1910: Sheikh Al Maktoum drops
          Liverpool takeover talks

1710: Liverpool FC target Heskey return
1410: Mourinho keen on England return
          to make Liverpool special once more

1310: Liverpool eye cut-price Bentley deal
1210: Liverpool eye Cavenaghi



Benitez shows interest
in Wigan's Zaki

The Irish Times

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has confirmed he is checking on Wigan striker Amr Zaki, after the Egyptian hit a memorable double at Anfield.

Zaki has taken the Premier League by storm this season with seven goals in his first eight games making him the top-scorer in England's top-flight.

He highlighted his form with a brilliant brace at Liverpool, which included a stunning acrobatic volley in front of The Kop.

Wigan signed the forward on loan from El Zamalek in the summer and claim they have first refusal on a permanent deal.

However in recent days Zamalek have insisted they will sell the player to whichever club they want, and Manchester City are already thought to have made contact via their new Abu Dhabi-based owners.

"We will have the right to sell Zaki to any club," Zamalek president Mamdouh Abbas stated.

But Benitez, who looks set to be in the market for a new frontman come January, has intriguingly admitted he will also be taking a close look at Zaki after his outstanding display against the Spaniard's side on Saturday.

"Everybody will be checking his situation now," Benitez admitted.

Sheikh Al Maktoum drops
Liverpool takeover talks

Billionaire Arab Sheikh Al Maktoum has dropped his pursuit of Liverpool.

The News of the World says after months of stalemate, representatives from Dubai are ready to pull the plug on negotiations with Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr.

The Americans’ failure to budge from their valuation in excess of £400m finally forced the Sheikh’s patience to snap.

Although Dubai International Capital had already announced the end of their interest, the Dubai Royal family had instructed other investment groups within their organisation to maintain their pursuit of the Merseysiders.

Liverpool FC target Heskey return

By Nick Smith - Daily Post

Liverpool are considering a surprise move to bring Emile Heskey back to Anfield.

Rafael Benitez has been impressed with the renaissance of the 30-year-old at Wigan Athletic during the past 18 months.

Heskey’s form earned him a recall to the England squad last autumn and he has since cemented himself as first-choice under present national team coach Fabio Capello, playing a major role in the 3-1 win in Belarus on Wedneday.

Despite shelling out almost £20m to bring Robbie Keane from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, Benitez is contemplating further strengthening his forward options.

And with Heskey out of contract at the end of the season, he would most likely only cost a nominal fee should he leave the JJB Stadium during the January transfer window.

The England international would offer an alternative style to the strikers currently on Liverpool’s books, particularly in the Premier League with the Anfield outfit having made a strong start to the campaign.

And the lack of proven Premier League forwards Benitez has at his disposal is set to be cruelly exposed in forthcoming games after Fernando Torres was predicted to be out for “10 to 15 days” with a hamstring injury.

Following England’s game in Minsk, Heskey was quizzed on whether he fancied another crack at Champions League football and he replied: “Everyone wants to be playing on these stages and for their club in the Champions League.

“It’s a nice situation that I’m in, but I’m still a Wigan player and I want to do my best for them.”

Mourinho keen on England return
to make Liverpool special once more

Daily Mail

Sources close to Inter Milan manager Jose Mourinho say that the 'Special One' would like to return to England - to manage Liverpool.

Mourinho, who endured titanic Champions League battles with the Merseysiders during his spell as Chelsea manager, has been open about his desire to return to England.

Upon leaving Chelsea in September last year, Mourinho remarked: 'I will come back and manage here in England, but I don’t want it as my next step - it must be another country, another experience, another football.'
True to form, Mourinho took over the reigns at the San Siro, yet although Inter lie joint first in Serie A, Mourinho's press relations are far from cordial.

After failing to show up for a post-match conference after Inter's win at Lecce last month, Mourinho blasted his critics, saying: 'You're not in love with football as I thought you would be.

'All I can see is that everyone is obsessed with little things and not the things that count.'

With Mourinho recently renewing his League Managers Association membership, speculation is mounting that the two-time Premier League winner could be just the man to lift the first league title at Anfield since Kenny Dalglish in 1990.

Liverpool eye cut-price Bentley deal


According to The People, Liverpool are lining up an offer to tempt Spurs winger David Bentley to the club.

Bentley blamed his poor form on Juande Ramos’s decision to play him out of position. Now he may get the opportunity to resurrect his England career.

Rafael Benitez, has long been an admirer of the winger but Bentley’s £15million price tag seemed to high for Liverpool.

Liverpool eye Cavenaghi

By Will Wood -

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is reportedly set to test Bordeaux’s resolve with a £13 million bid for Fernando Cavenaghi, though the French club remain committed to retaining the striker’s services.

The Argentina international has been a huge hit at the club since his move in January 2007 following a disappointing spell in Russia with Spartak Moscow, netting 22 goals in 35 matches last term and, famously, 10 times in 9 games during a purple patch.

And while Reds manager Benitez has a number of options at his disposal in the striking department, the former Valencia boss is reportedly keen to offload Dirk Kuyt to make way for a more prolific goalscorer to ease the pressure on Fernando Torres.

How much money Benitez has at his disposal when the transfer window re-opens on 1st January remains to be seen, though Cavenaghi’s price could rocket should other clubs become embroiled in a tug-of-war.

The 25-year old is thought to be keen on a move to England, joining compatriots such as Carlos Tevez and Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano in the Premier League.

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