October - 2010

2910: Reds close on Miller move
2810: Bayern Munich eager for
          Liverpool to try again for Gomez

2610: Reina linked with United switch
2510: Liverpool willing to splash
          out for Forlan in January

2510: Liverpool make Villa winger
          Young top January target

2510: West Ham striker Cole
          remains on Liverpool radar

2110: Rijkaard rumoured to replace
          Hodgson at Liverpool

2010: Rumour Mill: Reds linked
          with THREE French stars

2010: Real Madrid striker Benzema
          under consideration at Liverpool

1910: Villarreal striker Rossi linked with Liverpool
1910: Liverpool in contact with Zenit for Kerzhakov
1910: Chelsea aim for Torres
1310: Malaga in contact with Liverpool winger Babel
0710: Manchester City to bid for Torres
0610: Juventus want Aquilani for £10m


Reds close on Miller move

Sky Sports 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 other suitors.

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.

Reina linked
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 Anfield.

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 Forlan.

The People says Reds boss Roy Hodgson has identified former Manchester United flop Forlan, of Atletico Madrid, as his leading target in the transfer window.

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 in January.

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.

West Ham striker Cole
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.

Rijkaard 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.

Rumour Mill: Reds linked
with THREE French stars

By David Tully -

After Roy Hodgson’s trip to watch France and Romania last week, Liverpool have been linked with no less than three French internationals.

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 Yoann Gourcuff.

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 Liverpool.

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.

Villarreal striker Rossi
linked with Liverpool

Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi is being linked with Liverpool.

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 the continent.

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 England.

Liverpool in contact
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 Torres

Irish Independent

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 assets.

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.

Malaga in contact with
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.

Manchester City
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 ambitions.

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.

Juventus want
Aquilani for £10m

By Andrew Slevison -

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.

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