Reds close on
Skysports.com understands Liverpool are poised to sign
Gillingham starlet Ashley Miller.
Miller has been playing in Gillingham's junior ranks since 2003 and he
is regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in England.
The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham, Aston Villa and
Everton have all been linked with the 16-year-old, but it appears
Liverpool are set to win the race for his signature.
Liverpool's scouting team have moved quickly to arrange a deal to take
the striker to Anfield with the club keen to tie up the move to ward off
Miller is highly rated at Priestfield and the schoolboy has been called
up to the first-team squad for Saturday's game at Northampton.
Miller is the latest young talent to come through the ranks at
Gillingham with the club having sold 15-year-old Luke Freeman to Arsenal
for a six-figure fee in 2008.
Bayern Munich eager for
Liverpool to try again for Gomez
Bayern Munich have put Liverpool on red alert over the
availability of Mario Gomez.
The Daily Mail says Bayern intend to cash in on Gomez in January to fund
a bid for Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko.
Gomez was all set to join Liverpool in August, only for Bayern to block
the move on deadline day.
Reds boss Roy Hodgson remains a big fan of the Germany international.
with United switch
Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina is said to be on Sir Alex
Ferguson's wanted list following reports that he may be unsettled at
The Spanish international is reportedly set for talks with the club's
new owners NESV to ensure the club are going in the right direction but
United are ready to chance their arm with an offer in the region of
£12m, if reports are to be believed.
The last thing Liverpool want to do is to sell one of their star players
and, even if they were to consider doing that, they would be reluctant
in the extreme to sell him to arch rivals United.
Reina, who has always said he is happy at Liverpool, is under contract
at Anfield until 2016 so the Reds have no worries about being forced to
allow him to leave as long as they can convince him he remains at a club
with top ambitions.
Liverpool willing to splash
out for Forlan in January
Liverpool are keen on Atletico Madrid striker Diego
The People says Reds boss Roy Hodgson has identified former Manchester
United flop Forlan, of Atletico Madrid, as his leading target in the
The Uruguayan, who was joint highest scorer at the World Cup, admits he
is keen for a move back to the Premier League after six years of
prolific goalscoring in La Liga.
Tottenham and Everton are also interested in the player but Liverpool
now have the transfer kitty to lure the 31-year-old.
Liverpool make Villa winger
Young top January target
Liverpool are chasing Aston Villa winger Ashley Young.
The People says the winger is stalling on a new contract and Roy Hodgson
will be buoyed by the situation as he attempts to add five to his squad
The Reds boss will be given about £30million to spend and wants two of
his signings to be British.
He feels it is vital to add the homegrown ingredient to his crop of
under-achievers, and will not be put off by Young’s £14m price tag.
remains on Liverpool radar
West Ham United striker Carlton Cole remains a target
for Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson.
The People says the Reds boss will be given about £30million to spend
and wants two of his signings to be British.
Hodgson still has West Ham’s Cole earmarked as a potential signing
despite missing out on him during the summer.
The forward is struggling to fit into Avram Grant’s plans and Hodgson
believes he would add an extra dimension to his side, much like Bobby
Zamora’s role for him at Fulham.
rumoured to replace
Hodgson at Liverpool
Rumours have been spreading across the internet this
Thursday that Roy Hodgson is set to resign as Liverpool boss following
their Europa League encounter with Napoli at Stadio San Paolo.
The unofficial rumours have prompted bookmakers William Hill to slash
their odds on Frank Rijkaard becoming the next manager of Liverpool from
2/1 to 2/7.
Further to this William Hill have also suspended bets on who will be the
next Premier League manager to leave his club. Hodgson was 15/8
favourite in this category.
'All we have been taking this morning online and in our shops in
Liverpool is money for Rijkaard to succeed Hodgson and for Hodgson to be
the next boss out, so we have temporarily suspended the markets to see
whether anything official emerges', said Hill's spokesman Tony Kenny.
with THREE French stars
By David Tully - live4liverpool.com
After Roy Hodgson’s trip to watch France and Romania
last week, Liverpool have been linked with no less than three French
According to reports from Paris, Hodgson is not only tracking the
progress of St Etienne winger Dimitri Payet, as we reported yesterday,
but he also looking at Bordeaux’s captain Alou Diarra and Lyon playmaker
Diarra spent part of his early career at Liverpool after joining the
Reds from Bayern Munich under Gerard Houllier’s reign before departing
back to France.
Gourcuff has only recently joined Lyon in the summer and is unlikely to
move any time soon unless there is a sizeable offer from the Reds using
funds from NESV.
Real Madrid striker Benzema
under consideration at Liverpool
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is being linked with
The presence of Reds boss Roy Hodgson in the stands for France's victory
over Romania last week, sparked transfer speculation in Paris that he
was making a check on Benzema.
Hodgson has made no secret that he wants to buy a new striker in January
and armed with the money provided by new club owners, NESV, he has the
spending power to bring Benzema to Anfield.
The France striker also remains a long-term target for Manchester United
manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
linked with Liverpool
Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi is being linked with
Spanish sources say armed with NESV's transfer fighting fund, Reds boss
Roy Hodgson wants to bring Rossi back to the Northwest in January.
Rossi had three years at Manchester United before being sold to
Villarreal, where he is now regarded among the best young strikers on
It's suggested Rossi is disappointed with the lack of serious interest
from Serie A clubs over the summer and is now willing to return to
with Zenit for Kerzhakov
Russia international striker Alexander Kerzhakov is a
target for Liverpool.
The Daily Mail says scouts watched the 27-year-old striker score for
Russia against Ireland last week which followed on from hat-tricks for
his club Zenit St Petersburg against Anderlecht in the Europa League and
against Saturn Moscow in the Russian league.
Liverpool have also asked for further video footage of Kerzhakov, who
has been in a rich vein of form of late with 11 goals in eight games.
He only rejoined Zenit in January after an ill-fated move to Sevilla in
2006 and subsequent switch to Dinamo Moscow.
Liverpool would be looking at paying around £6million but the player
still has three years left on contract.
Chelsea aim for
Chelsea are planning to test the resolve of
Liverpool's new owners by making a fresh bid for Fernando Torres in the
January transfer window.
Liverpool rejected an offer of £25million for the Spain striker last
summer, but Chelsea are hoping to exploit the regime change at Anfield
and the team's poor start to the season by signing one of their prized
Torres professed his loyalty to Liverpool in a prearranged statement as
recently as August, but his commitment is contingent upon the club
challenging for the biggest trophies, which are already looking out of
reach this season as they languish nineteenth in the Premier League.
More significantly, the club did not convince Torres to extend his
contract, which expires in 2013, and as a result will need to be
renegotiated next summer in order to protect his transfer value.
The 26-year-old has looked unsettled as he has struggled to find his
form this season and was criticised by Roy Hodgson, the Liverpool
manager, after Sunday's 2-0 defeat away to Everton.
Liverpool value Torres at more than £50m, but Chelsea hope to use the
player's disenchantment and the club's uncertain financial position to
prise him away for less.
Liverpool winger Babel
Malaga have made contact with the minders of Ryan
Babel about a January move for the Liverpool winger.
AS says Malaga want to take Babel on a six-month loan and have promised
the Dutchman guaranteed first team football.
The ambitious Spanish outfit hope to open serious talks with Liverpool
about Babel once they have cleared up their ownership issues.
to bid for Torres
By Chris Beesley - Daily Post
One of John Henry’s first acts as new Liverpool owner
will be to try and fend off a bid for Fernando Torres.
The Boston Red Sox owner, whose New England Sports Ventures investment
company have provisionally bought the Anfield outfit, will be hoping to
persuade the club’s top players that they can still match their
However, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is planning an
audacious swoop for Torres during the January transfer window.
Despite Torres quashing summer speculation than he was ready to quit
Anfield, declaring that he was still committed to the club, the Spanish
striker has cut a forlorn figure on several occasions this season with
both his lacklustre performances and body language criticised by some
former Liverpool players.
With Liverpool already facing an uphill struggle to avoid missing out on
Champions League qualification for the second consecutive season,
Mancini is hoping to convince Torres that along with a more lucrative
contract, his chances of winning a trophy are now greater at Eastlands.
The former Inter coach has been told by City’s owners that if his team
are still challenging for the title at the turn of the year then they
will fund the marquee signing.
Aquilani for £10m
By Andrew Slevison - tribalfootball.com
Juventus want to take Liverpool’s Alberto Aquilani
permanently for a cut-price of £10million.
The 26-year old is back in Italy after flopping at Anfield, on a
season-long loan with the Bianconeri, and the Serie A outfit is looking
to make the loan deal a permanent one for a very cheap price.
The Reds spent £18million on the midfielder last year but could lose out
if Juventus get their wish of signing him for significantly less than
his purchase price.