November - 2009

3011: Report: Diego Forlan linked
          with Liverpool move

2811: Liverpool go for Inter
          Milan veteran Vieira

2711: Atletico Madrid preparing bid
          for Liverpool winger Riera

2611: Voronin out, Van Nistelrooy in?
2211: Reds move in on Madrid star
1911: Benitez eyeing unsettled
          Juventus ace Giovinco

1511: Report: Liverpool set sights
          on Arsenal star Eduardo

1511: Report: Barcelona agree personal
          terms with Mascherano

1511: Hamburg’s Elia in Liverpool sights
1311: Eintracht Frankfurt are lining up
          January move for Voronin

1111: Report: Liverpool ponder bid
          for West Ham striker Cole

0911: Liverpool linked with
          'unsettled' Real Madrid star


Report: Diego Forlan linked
with Liverpool move

Uruguayan hot-shot Diego Forlan has been linked with a surprise return to the Premier League.

The Atletico Madrid forward, a consistent threat in front of goal in La Liga, had an arduous time convincing Manchester United fans that he was the ideal partner for box-playing striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

However, that has not deterred Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez who, according to a report in The People, is eager to bolster his firepower by bringing the two-time Pichichi winner to Anfield.

Forlan, 30, is expected to cost upwards of £15 million, but that is a price Benitez is allegedly willing to pay after seeing his side rendered impotent when Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard lay injured.

Atletico Madrid are floundering at the depths of La Liga, and have also been eliminated from the Champions League, making a possible move back to the Premier League more attractive.

Forlan was acquired by Atleti in 2007, following the sale of Torres to Liverpool; however, it appears he may now partner the man he replaced at the Vicente Calderon.

Liverpool go for Inter
Milan veteran Vieira

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is chasing Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira.

The Independent says Benitez will attempt to breathe life into Liverpool’s crumbling season by making a move for Vieira.

The former Arsenal midfielder, who is out of favour at Inter Milan, is believed to be keen on a move back to the Premier League in a bid to bolster his chances of claiming a place in France’s World Cup squad.

Benitez, meanwhile wants strength and experience in his midfield with Javier Mascherano and Lucas both struggling for form and summer signing Alberto Aquilani yet to make a start for the Reds.

Atletico Madrid preparing bid
for Liverpool winger Riera

Atletico Madrid are planning a move for Liverpool winger Albert Riera.

Cadena SER says the 27 year-old, after two seasons in England, is being lined up for a return home to Spain in January.

Atletico sports director Jesus Garcia Pitarch wants to sign Riera as a potential replacement for Simao Sabrosa, who is keen to return home to Portugal.

Everything will depend on Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, who has already seen three of his former Spanish players return to the Primera Liga this season in Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa (both Real Madrid) and Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao).

Voronin out,
Van Nistelrooy in?

By Adam Bryant - LFC Online

Andriy Voronin's days may finally be numbered at Liverpool, with the Ukrainian 'striker' expected to be shipped out in January.

But the latest rumour doing the rounds is that former Manchester United frontman Ruud Van Nistelrooy is looking for a move back to the Premier League, in particular Liverpool.

The Dutchman has dropped down the pecking order at Real Madrid since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Kaka in the summer and has apparently spoken to his advisers about a possible move to Anfield.

Reds move in on Madrid star


Liverpool are reported to be lining up a January loan move for Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The former Manchester United striker is struggling to gain first team action at the Bernabeu, losing his spot in the side after the summer acquisitions of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, with the later two in direct competition for places at the top of the pitch for Real.

This coupled with a string of injuries has meant that van Nistelrooy is fighting for his place in the Dutch World Cup squad, and needs first team action to remain in contention for the trip to South Africa.

Rafa Benitez could give the 33-year-old a new lease of life at Anfield, and the Daily Mirror reports that a short-term move is being prepared for January.

Van Nistelrooy has been courted by a string of Premier League clubs in recent months, with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City just two sides thought to be watching the veteran frontman.

However, the draw of European football could be the biggest factor as the striker with a proven pedigree at the highest level looks to regain his form and fitness.

With limited funds available to Benitez at Anfield, a loan until the end of the season could be the best deal for all parties involved.

Benitez eyeing unsettled
Juventus ace Giovinco

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is eyeing Juventus attacking midfielder Sebastian Giovinco.

Corriere dello Sport says Benitez is convinced he can lure Giovinco to Anfield after seeing the youngster lose his first team place at Juve to summer arrival Diego.

Benitez is a big fan of Italian football and can see Giovinco forming an exciting midfield partnership with countryman Alberto Aquilani.

Liverpool also have fellow Italian Andrea Dossena under contract at Anfield.

Report: Liverpool set sights
on Arsenal star Eduardo

Under-fire Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is preparing to pursue a £10 million deal for Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva, according to News of the World.

The Reds are in dire need of attacking reinforcement, as the ongoing injury problems of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres have exposed the squad's lack of depth on several occasions this season.

The Merseyside giants - currently seventh in the Premier League standings - are battling through their worst form slump in decades as they struggle to keep touch with the frontrunners.

Thus, Benitez is hoping the Anfield board will make funds available this winter so he can arm his side against the threat of Champions League chasers Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Manchester City.

High on the Spaniard's hit-list is Eduardo, the Brazil-born Croatia star, who is understood to be growing increasingly dissatisfied with his situation at the Emirates Stadium.

The 26-year-old has made just three starts in the league this term, and (although he recently insisted otherwise) is reputedly upset at having been shunted onto the flanks by Arsene Wenger.

Furthermore, Eduardo is annoyed that the Gunners have given no indication as to whether or not they wish to extend his contract, which expires in 18 months' time.

Report: Barcelona agree personal
terms with Mascherano

The Sunday Express claims this morning that Liverpool’s defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano has "virtually sealed a £30million move to Barcelona."

John Richardson writes: "Mascherano’s advisers have agreed the player’s personal terms with Barcelona – which will mean a hefty rise to around £100,000 a week – in advance of a fee being agreed between the two clubs."

Richardson adds: "The Argentina international captain is determined to get his way in the coming months – and Liverpool know that. They will, however, continue to play hard ball with Barcelona over the transfer fee. It’s believed they are demanding £36m, although an eventual compromise deal of around £30m – the same fee that took Alonso to Real Madrid – will end the waiting for a frustrated Mascherano."

Mascherano, 25, was long-linked with a move to Barcelona during the summer with various reasons given for his desire to leave Anfield, including that he was looking for pay parity with the biggest stars at Liverpool.

The defensive midfielder is contracted to the Merseyside giants until the end of season 2011/2012. During 2009/2010, Mascherano has played 14 matches in the Champions League and Premier League, he has been booked twice and sent off once.

Hamburg’s Elia
in Liverpool sights

Hamburg winger Eljero Elia is in the sights of Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.

The Sunday Mirror says Benitez has identified Hamburg attacker Elia as the man to ease the goalscoring burden on Fernando Torres.

But the German club will want a profit on the £8m they paid FC Twente for the Holland international last summer.

Eintracht Frankfurt are lining up
January move for Voronin

By James Pearce - Liverpool Echo

Eintracht Frankfurt are plotting a swoop for Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin during the January transfer window.

The mid-table Bundesliga outfit have yet to make an official approach but are keen on securing the services of the Ukrainian international.

Voronin has struggled to adapt to the demands of the Premier League since he arrived at Anfield on a free transfer from Bayer Leverkusen in 2007.

However, the 30-year-old is highly rated in Germany and scored 11 goals during a successful loan spell at Hertha Berlin last season.

Hertha wanted to make the move permanent this summer but a proposed £3million deal with Liverpool fell through.

Boss Rafa Benitez’s attacking options are severely limited, but if Eintracht match that fee and the Spaniard is guaranteed he will be able to reinvest the funds he may decide to do business.

Voronin has yet to find the net in three starts and nine substitute appearances for the Reds so far this season and young Frenchman David Ngog has leapt above him in the pecking order to be Fernando Torres’ understudy.

The Ukrainian, who is under contract until 2011, may also have to move on in search of regular football in order to fulfil his dream of playing in next summer’s World Cup after he was left out of the squad for their play-off with Greece tomorrow.

Report: Liverpool ponder bid
for West Ham striker Cole

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has, according to a report in The Daily Mail, been alerted to the form of Carlton Cole at West Ham United, and due to the ambiguous financial situation that has engulfed Upton Park, there is potential for a winter window bid.

Under the tutelage of Gianfranco Zola, Cole has flourished, and this season has returned an impressive 1:2 strike rate that included an equalising goal against Liverpool at home.

Cole has also emerged as a likely candidate for Fabio Capello's final cut of 23 players who will accompany him to the World Cup, and looks set to rival Peter Crouch for the role of Emile Heskey's understudy.

Benitez is keen on bolstering his attacking ranks at Anfield as the club are perceived to lack real firepower beyond Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.

Since the summer window closed, Liverpool have been linked with a plethora of strikers by the media - including Valencia's David Villa, and Aston Villa fringe player Heskey, an ex-Red. AC Milan forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has also been touted as a player who may pique Benitez's interest.

Liverpool linked with
'unsettled' Real Madrid star

Ben Moss -

Liverpool are reportedly considering a bid for Real Madrid star Lassana Diarra.

The Sunday People claim the former Portsmouth midfielder, who also had brief spells in the Premier League with Chelsea and Arsenal, is unsettle in Spain despite being a first team regularly at the Bernabeu, and as a result is keen to return to England.

The France international reportedly nearly joined Manchester City prior to leaving for La Liga last January, however persistent reports of Javier Mascherano’s desire to join Barcelona has seen Liverpool become the latest club linked with the 24-year-old.

The report suggests the midfielder would cost in excess of £20 million which would seemingly put Rafa Benitez’s side out of the running given their well publicised financial problems. Should an unlikely deal be struck the tough-tackling midfielder could be in line for his fifth club in three and half years.

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