October - 2009

2910: Mata waits on new deal
2310: Reds remain keen on Shawcross
1910: Reds linked with Inter youngster
1210: Heskey linked with Liverpool return
1110: Report: Man City
           to pounce for Benayoun

0910: Juventus want Liverpool's
          Javier Mascherano for £23m


Mata waits on new deal

Sky Sports

Juan Mata's father and agent wants Valencia to up their contract offer, amid claims that Liverpool are ready to make a move for the forward.

The Spain international is in talks with Los Che over a new contract and only last week his father, Juan Mata senior, stated that a deal was close.

But now it appears things have not moved on as expected and Mata could be forced to seek a move if the club do not match his expectations.

"We want Valencia to recognise the kid's true quality, and it's not only a matter of money," Mata snr is quoted by The Sun.

Mata himself admits he is attracted by Liverpool, but is leaving his future in the hands of his father.

"This matter is all down to the club and my agent," he said.

"Rafa Benitez is a big coach but I just want to concentrate on my game without any distractions.

The 21-year-old's current deal runs until 2012.

Reds remain keen on Shawcross

Sky Sports

Liverpool are ready to rekindle their interest in Stoke's Ryan Shawcross when the transfer window reopens, understands.

Shawcross is one of the most sought-after young defenders in the Premier League after catching the eye at Stoke following his arrival from Manchester United in 2007.

The England Under-21 international has established himself as one of the most promising players in the Premier League and he is a key member of Tony Pulis' squad.

Liverpool are believed to have sounded out a move for Shawcross in the summer, but were put off by Stoke's price tag.

Shawcross' former club Manchester United, Arsenal, Fulham and Everton are also believed to be admirers of the powerful centre-back.

Liverpool have been keeping tabs on Shawcross' progress this season and they are now thought to be ready to make a firm move for the 22-year-old in January.

Reds boss Rafa Benitez is understood to be keen to bolster his defensive ranks and increase the number of English-born players in his squad, and Shawcross fits the bill as to the type of player he wants.

Stoke have opened talks with Shawcross about a new deal at the Britannia Stadium in a bid to stave off interest from the Premier League's elite, but as yet no new contract has been agreed.

However, any move from Liverpool would depend on them raising the funds to persuade Stoke to cash-in on Shawcross.

Reds linked with Inter youngster

Football 365

Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Rene Krhin amid speculation connecting the Inter Milan midfielder with a move to Liverpool.

The Slovenian teenager is regarded as an exciting prospect for the future and Liverpool are understood to be monitoring his situation at Inter.

However, the Reds are likely to find it difficult to prise him away from Inter as he still figures in the plans of Mourinho.

"In Rene Krhin I see what I expect from a 19-year old," Mourinho told reporters.

Meanwhile, Liverpool and Inter are both reported to be interested in highly-rated 21-year-old defender Ecuele Manga.

He currently plies his trade with Ligue 2 club Angers in France but admits it would be 'a dream' to play for either Liverpool or Inter.

"I am flattered to be linked with prestigious clubs like those two big teams in Europe," the player told

"The two managers are legends of the game, they have won leagues and European cups, so let me dream to work under their guidance."

Asked about his preference, the youngster said: "Who am I to choose? It is good to hear interest from two big teams but I need to work hard and the future will decide."

Heskey linked with Liverpool return

Liverpool are being linked with unsettled Aston Villa striker Emile Heskey.

Heskey has expressed doubts about his future at Villa Park in the last 24 hours as he battles to remain involved with England's World Cup squad.

The Times says Rafael Benítez considered bringing Heskey back to Liverpool last season, but with the Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City squads full of strikers there will be few other obvious takers in the top half of the Premier League.

Report: Man City
to pounce for Benayoun

Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun is in the sights of Manchester City boss Mark Hughes.

The News of the World says Benayoun has hopped on to City's radar after the midfielder was named on the bench for last Sunday's title-jolting 2-0 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Hughes has been given the green light to spend heavily again in January as he chases a Champions League place for next season and Benayoun is suddenly in his sights.

The Israeli midfielder was made a scapegoat by Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez for the earlier 2-0 defeat against Fiorentina in the Champions League.

Juventus want Liverpool's
Javier Mascherano for £23m

Daily Mirror

Javier Mascherano could quit Liverpool for Juventus with the Italian giants readying a £23m bid.

It is claimed Mascherano, who possesses an Italian passport, is unhappy at the departure of former midfield partner Xabi Alonso for Real Madrid in the summer.

Rafa Benitez turned down a transfer window approach for Mascherano from Barcelona earlier this year but now faces a fresh bid from the club who tried to sign him from West Ham before he moved to Anfield nearly three years ago.

Juventus are said to want to open talks within the next few weeks ahead of a move in the January window.

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