in Reds sights
Reports in Spain are claiming that Liverpool are interested in signing
Real Madrid defender Francisco Pavon.
Marca are reporting that two Premiership sides have enquired about the
player - who is out of contract at the end of the season.
The Reds are rumoured to be one of the English clubs, and could make a move
for the central defender when the transfer window opens in the New Year.
Liverpool are believed to be interested in Triestina striker
Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed that the Reds are pondering a January
transfer move for the former Lazio man.
The 19-year-old forward has impressed this season in Serie B.
Liverpool may enter Wright-Phillips chase
Amidst confirmed interest from West Ham United in the England
international, Chelsea have admitted that they are willing to listen to
offers for the winger when the transfer window reopens in
the New Year.
It is believed that the Hammers are willing to pay £10million for the former
Manchester City ace, yet it is now being reported that Liverpool are also
keeping close tabs on the situation.
Manager Rafael Benitez is a keen admirer of Wright-Phillips, and should he
get the backing of his board, he too could match the valuation being set by
Liverpool swap deal
It's being reported that Tottenham could be tempted by a swap deal which
would see Liverpool player Craig Bellamy move to the London side and
Jermaine Defoe go the other way.
Bellamy hasn't quite managed to be a hit at Liverpool since his big arrival
in the summer. The fans anticipated so much from the pacy striker but they
got so little in return.
Defoe is known to be a bit unsettled at Tottenham as boss Martin Jol fails
to hand him a regular place in the first team, despite proving he is a goal
It's believed that Tottenham would be open to the deal and it seems a good
one for both parties.
deal still on despite rival bids
By Ian Doyle - Daily Post
Liverpool remain favourites to sign Blackburn Rovers defender Lucas Neill
despite Newcastle United's attempts to hijack
The Australian right-back is out of contract at the end of the season but is
almost certain to depart during the January transfer window with Blackburn
seeking a fee for the player.
Liverpool failed to agree a deal for the 28-year-old in August but, with
Rafael Benitez short of full-back reinforcements, will return with an
improved offer in the New Year.
They will face a challenge Newcastle, who are ready to offer Neill a more
attractive salary as Magpies manager Glenn Roeder looks to bolster his leaky
However, Liverpool are confident the lure of realistically challenging for
silverware will persuade Neill to switch to Anfield.
Barcelona and AC Milan have previously been touted as interested parties by
shock Reds move
Juventus have reportedly made Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko their
number one transfer target for next season.
The Corriere dello Sport claims that new Juve coach Didier Deschamps plans
to build his team around the young Mail international, with further
additions of Javier Mascherano from West Ham and Rio Mavuba from Bordeaux.
Sissoko, who has recently been ruled out for around three months with a
shoulder injury, is one of Rafael Benitez's key players and would not be for
The 21-year-old has greatly impressed since arriving at Anfield from
Valencia, and is rated extremely highly by Benitez.
Reds prepare for
By Hyder Jawad - Birmingham Post
Matthew Upson is the subject of strong interest from Liverpool and could
move to Anfield from Birmingham City when the transfer window opens in
England international Upson has not played for Birmingham's first team since
February because of an Achilles injury but Liverpool have been keeping an
eye on his rehabilitation.
He returned to action for the reserve team on Wednesday night and
Birmingham, bidding to reclaim their lost horizon, have dropped enough hints
to suggest that they will sell the player if a club comes in offering a fee
in the region of £4 million.
Liverpool have suffered defensively this season — they have lost five
matches already — and need a left-sided centre back in a bid to make up
ground in the race to finish in the top four.
It seems likely that Upson will be signed to challenge Sami Hyypiä, whose
best days are probably behind him.
If Upson moves to Liverpool, he will re-join Jermaine Pennant, who left St
Andrew's for Anfield in the summer. Both were also team-mates at Arsenal.
Valencia keen on
Under-fire Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina is a reported target for La
Liga outfit Valencia, according to reports in Spain.
The former Villrreal stopper is reportedly homesick and looking for a move
back to the Primera Liga.
Reina, who moved to Anfield in the summer of 2005, has come under a lot of
criticism this season for his errors, particularly in the 3-0 Merseyside
derby defeat to Everton.
First-choice Valencia keeper Santiago Canizares is refusing to sign a new
contract, forcing the club to look elsewhere.
Their back-up keeper Ludovic Butelle has been linked with a move to
Liverpool already this season, so there may well be some scope for a swap
Rovers to revive
Blackburn have been linked with a January move for Liverpool's Stephen
Warnock after Mark Hughes admitted he may need to dip into the transfer
market in January.
Rovers are keen to strengthen the left-side and tried to take Warnock in the
summer when Liverpool tried to sign Lucas Neill.
Hughes remains keen to keep Neill despite the Australian indicating he
intends to leave under the Bosman ruling next summer, but should Liverpool
revive their interest, Warnock will again be a Rovers target.
Indeed Rovers could look to move for the left-back whether or not Neill
departs as the left side is a position that Hughes knows he is short of
However the Rovers boss admitted earlier this week that any transfer window
arrivals will depend on the quality available as he is hopeful Ryan Nelsen,
Jason Roberts and Steven Reid will be back early in the new year.
Reds linked with keeper
By Peter ORourke - Sky Sports
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is being linked with a raid on old club
Valencia for goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle.
Reports emanating from France claim Liverpool are pondering a move for the
former Metz ace.
Benitez is a big admirer of the Frenchman having signed him while he was in
charge at Valencia before moving onto Liverpool.
Butelle has struggled to establish himself at Valencia with Santiago
Canizares the number one goalkeeper at La Mestalla.
Liverpool could be in the market for a new goalkeeper with Chris Kirkland
having sealed his permanent move to Wigan last month.
There are also doubts over the long-term futures of Scott Carson and Jerzy
Dudek at Anfield.
Carson is currently on loan at Charlton, while Dudek is thought to be
frustrated with his lack of first team opportunities.
Benitez might turn to Butelle to bolster his goalkeeping options if he
decides to let Dudek or Carson leave.
Clarets eye Liverpool
Burnley are being linked with a loan move for Liverpool midfielder David
The highly-rated 20-year-old has been made available for loan by the Reds.
Burnley manager Steve Cotterill revealed this week that he was desperate to
add to his small squad and could now move for Mannix, who is being tracked
by a number of Championship sides.
The Liverpool youngster, tipped for a bright future at Anfield, is now fully
recovered from a broken ankle which sidelined him for four months at the end
of the last campaign.