December - 2008

2812: Glen Johnson set for Liverpool move?
2612: Liverpool target Heskey in £4m deal
2512: Arsenal plans January Alonso bid
2412: Report: Real make move on Pennant
2312: Spanish suitors for Pennant
1812: Liverpool linked with
          SHOCK Tigers move

1812: Pennant linked with Spurs
1712: Juve want Babel and Agger
1612: Madrid launch Alonso raid?
1212: Reds linked with Agger replacement
0912: Rafa joins Gunners
          in hunt for Hangeland

0712: Keane linked with Spurs return
0612: Report: Benitez turns
          down new Liverpool deal

0312: Interest grows in Agger


Glen Johnson set for Liverpool move?

By Nick Turner -

Portsmouth defender Glen Johnson is allegedly close to
a deal to take him to current Premier League leaders Liverpool, as Rafael Benitez looks to strengthen his back four.

The Telegraph have reported that a deal worth around £9 million is the fee that Portsmouth have settled for the 24-year-old right back.

The former Chelsea player missed Pompey's Boxing Day defeat to West Ham through injury, but reports in The People are suggesting that he was actually being given a tour round the Melwood training facilities that Liverpool use.

The deal looks even more likely as Portsmouth attempt to clear their debts by selling off their biggest assets.

The club have already allowed Lassana Diarra to join Real Madrid in January in a deal worth around £19m.

Pompey's financial situation could also mean that players such as Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe could leave during the transfer window as they would bring in the most money to save the cash-strapped club.

Portsmouth manager Tony Adams knows he has a big task on his hands to convince owner Alexandre Gaydamak to keep his best players at Fratton Park.

Johnson has played 43 Premier League games for Portsmouth since his loan move from Chelsea was made permanent last year. He has scored three goals for the South Coast club and has been rejuvenated since he was reunited with former West Ham and current Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp at Pompey.

Liverpool target
Heskey in £4m deal

By Giles Mole - Daily Telegraph

Liverpool are to make a £4 million bid to bring Wigan striker Emile Heskey back to the club.

Heskey has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs in the January transfer window, with Tottenham also known to be keen admirers of the 30-year-old England international.

However, should Heskey press for a move from the JJB, Liverpool is thought to be his prefered destination.

Manager Rafa Benitez is desperate for forward reinforcements to cover Fernando Torres, who is developing a history of hamstring problems.

Heskey's contract at Wigan expires at the end of the season, allowing him to move on a free transfer, and as such Wigan manager Steve Bruce is likely to cash in rather than see the striker leave for nothing.

Bruce will not permit Heskey, who spent four years at Liverpool before exiting in 2004, go on the cheap, but a £4m offer would be tempting, and help make Amr Zaki's loan move from El Zamalek permanent.

Arsenal plans
January Alonso bid


Arsenal is ready to test Liverpool’s resolve with another serious offer for Liverpool playmaker Xabi Alonso in January.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Arsene Wenger is ready to splash the cash to sign a replacement for injured midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Liverpool turned down a £14m bid from the Gunners for the Spaniard on transfer deadline day. The £18m valuation has proved to be a major stumbling block.

Report: Real make
move on Pennant


New Real coach Juande Ramos has made a new right-sided winger one of his top priorites and they have been linked with a host of players including Ashley Young, Aaron Lennon and CSKA Moscow's Milos Krasic.

Real have been priced out of the move for the trio and now they have turned their attentions to forgotten Liverpool man Pennant.

Pennant has made just four appearances for Liverpool this season and it appears he does not figure in Rafa Benitez's long-term plans.

The former Birmingham and Arsenal ace is out of contract in the summer and he could agree a pre-contract with any interested continental sides next month.

Liverpool could be willing to cash-in on Pennant next month rather than risk losing the 25-year-old for nothing at the end of the season.

However the Daily Mail reports the winger was expected to be unveiled in the Spanish capital on Christmas Eve, but the move fell through after Pennant demanded a wage of £60,000-a-week - almost double what Real were offering.

Spanish suitors for Pennant

Sky Sports

Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant is a target for several Spanish clubs, understands.

The 25-year-old's current contract expires in the summer and he can talk to interested foreign clubs from January.

Pennant, who has found himself frozen out things at Liverpool this season, would be a free agent in the summer and he is able to sign a pre-contract with any foreign suitors next month.

The news has alerted a number of clubs across Europe with a host of Spanish sides sounding out a move for the former Arsenal and Birmingham ace.

Pennant has made just four appearances for Liverpool this season and he is well down the pecking order in Rafa Benitez's plans.

The likes of Blackburn, Newcastle, Portsmouth and Celtic have all been linked with the skilful wide-man, but a move to La Liga could be a tempting proposition for Pennant if he does leave Anfield.

Liverpool linked with
SHOCK Tigers move

Fans FC

Liverpool Football Club are believed to be interested in Michael Turner.

The defender has been one of the huge plus-points for Premier League surprise package Hull City, who are expecting bids for the 25-year-old in January.

Reports are suggesting Rafael Benitez wants to take a chance on Turner as he looks to bolster his Reds defence, but the Tigers have no intention of letting the player leave.

"There are no players that have regularly played in the first team that we are going to be selling in January," a defiant chairman Paul Duffen told The Mirror.

Pennant linked with Spurs

By Al Campbell - LFC Online

Jermaine Pennant has been linked with a move to Tottenham.

The winger is out of favour at Liverpool and will be allowed to leave Anfield once the January transfer window opens.

Spurs are reportedly interested in Pennant and today's Daily Mirror says Rafael Benitez will offer the London club Pennant plus £7m for Aaron Lennon.

Juve want Babel and Agger

By Adam Bryan - LFC Online

Juventus are being linked with a double swoop, according to the Daily Mirror.

The paper is claiming that the Italian club want Ryan Babel and Daniel Agger.

Juventus were one of the clubs linked with Babel before he signed for Liverpool last season, while Daniel Agger is still to agree terms on a new contract at Anfield.

Madrid launch Alonso raid?


According to, Real Madrid have launched a raid on Anfield for midfield maestro Xabi Alonso.

A bid of £15million has apparently been offered for the Spanish international star, who has been subject to constant transfer speculation since the summer after his proposed move to Juventus fell through.

Rafael Benitez could be tempted to cash-in on the player as he seeks funds to finance fresh purchases in the January transfer window.

Reds linked with
Agger replacement

By Max Munton - This is Anfield

Liverpool have been linked this morning with a January transfer window move for highly rated Ukranian central defender Dmytro Chygrynskiy, who claims that he has attracted the interest in two Premier League clubs.

Recent speculation has raised questions over the future of Danish defender Daniel Agger, with negotiations for his new contract stalling and rumours linking him with a move to Serie A side AC Milan aplenty.

Cue a flurry of reports and rumours suggesting that manager Rafa Benitez is already on the lookout for Agger’s replacement, and this morning the sings point to Chygrynskiy.

According to Sky Sports, the Ukranian international said recently, “A move to a big club in England would be a dream for me.

“I cannot say the names, but two big Premier league clubs want me, and my agent has been talking to them for some time.”

Rafa joins Gunners
in hunt for Hangeland

By Nigel Brown -

Rafa Benitez has joined the hunt for Fulham Captain Brede Hangeland. The Norwegian centre-back has been a huge success since his £2.5m move from FC Copenhagen in last season's January transfer window, helping to keep Fulham in the Premier League.

Rumours have been growing for the last week that Arsene Wenger is set to splash £6 million for the big centre half, in an attempt to shore up his leaky defence.

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson admitted it would be difficult for the West London club to turn down a big offer for the Norwegian.

He said: "If a serious offer comes our way for Brede I'm pretty sure it'll have to be considered. "When the day comes we'll have to take into account all the possibilities and probabilities and make a decision.

"But I would hope - and this might be a naive hope - that we could still keep him because he's got a long-term contract with us here.

"I know he's happy here and happy with his football, so hopefully it hasn't affected his thinking because I don't know what he reads into that type of speculation.

"But at this stage we have absolutely no indication that Arsenal or any club of that stature are interested in Brede."

Benitez is rumoured to be ready to battle it out with Arsenal following Daniel Agger's links with a move to Italy with AC Milan.

Keane linked
with Spurs return

Clubcall Sports

Robbie Keane could reportedly rejoin Spurs in January for a cut-price fee following a dismal first six months at Liverpool.

The striker was an unused substitute in the Premier League leaders' 3-1 win at Blackburn on Saturday and it is thought boss Rafa Benitez has already run out of patience with the Republic of Ireland ace, who has managed just two league goals - both against West Brom - since his £20m summer move.

Keane has started all but three of the Reds' 16 Premier League games so far this season, but has been substituted 10 times after struggling to make an impact.

And now with the January transfer window looming, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is said to be ready to test Liverpool's resolve to keep Keane by launching a bid in the region of £10million.

That could tempt the Reds to sell as they still owe Spurs that amount in instalments following the agreement put in place during the 28-year-old's big-money transfer in the summer.

Keane himself, despite his frustrations at being regularly substituted, is desperate to make the move a success and does not want to leave, while Benitez still believes he can regain his form and help fire Liverpool to the title in the new season.

However, any serious bids from Spurs, and several other Premier League clubs monitoring Keane's situation, would reportedly be considered in the new year.

Report: Benitez turns
down new Liverpool deal

By Zack Wilson -

Press reports in England suggest that Rafa Benitez has rejected Liverpool's opening offer as negotiations for his new contract begin.

Rafa Benitez has said no to Liverpool's initial £12 million offer in negotiations for his new contract, reports the News of the World. The Spaniard is holding out for improved terms after the Anfield hierarchy put forward a two-year extension to the manager.

The new deal was planned to last until 2012, and would have upped Benitez's salary from £3.5 million a year to just under £4 million for the rest of his time with the club.

The Liverpool manager is keen for his wages to match those earned by his rival managers at the other so-called 'Big Four' clubs. Both Manchester United's Alex Ferguson and Arsenal's Arsene Wenger are reputed to earn £4.5 million a year.

Talks will continue, but it is understood to be these wage demands that are causing a stumbling block, with the club's owners arguing that Liverpool have not won another trophy since Benitez's last contract renewal in 2006.

Benitez also apparently wanted a five-year deal, as he has vowed to remain on Merseyside and ignore the efforts of other clubs, most notably Real Madrid, to prise him away from Anfield.

Negotiations are expected to continue.

Interest grows in Agger

Real Madrid will look to sign Daniel Agger in January after talks over a contract extension at Liverpool stalled, according to reports.

The Denmark international has claimed he is keen to stay at Anfield but as yet there has been no progress on his contract negotiations, which now appear to have reached an impasse.

This has altered interested parties and now Italian giants AC Milan have joined their Spanish counterparts in looking at the centre-half, with a view to a move in the new year.

Real are said to be considering using Gabriel Heinze as part of a package. Rafa Benitez tried to sign the Argentina international from bitter rivals Manchester United before he was sold to the Primera Liga champions.

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