December - 2009

3112: Report: Fiorentina interested in Babel
3012: Ruud van Nistelrooy
          linked to Liverpool loan

2712: Report: Liverpool considering swoop for
          former Lazio striker Goran Pandev

2712: Report: Stoke City eyeing Babel
2712: Panathinaikos move for
          Liverpool striker Voronin

2412: Atletico Madrid offered
          Liverpool fullback Dossena

2312: Heskey to Liverpool
          speculation resurfaces

1612: van Nistelrooy close to January move?
1512: Parker lined up as
          Mascherano exit looms

1012: Rumour Mill: Reds to swap
          Babel for Spurs’ Pavlyuchenko

0212: Reds tracking Manga


Report: Fiorentina
interested in Babel

By Danny Hart -

Liverpool forward Ryan Babel is attracting the attention of Italian outfit Fiorentina.

The 23-year-old is being lined up as a possible replacement for Adrian Mutu, who is said to want a move away from Florence.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is looking to sell his fringe players as he seeks to raise money to spend on new players in the January transfer window.

Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claims Liverpool are set to offload Babel in the new year and they report that Fiorentina are preparing to table a bid for the Holland international.

Babel revealed earlier on this season that he was hoping to secure a loan move away from Anfield in January to earn a place in the Holland squad for the World Cup finals next summer.

The Dutchman has never cemented his place in the Liverpool side since his £11 million move from Ajax in 2007.

Babel has scored nine goals in 67 league appearances for Liverpool but has failed to become a regular starter for Benitez's side.

Ruud van Nistelrooy
linked to Liverpool loan

By Cyrus C. Malek -

Liverpool could be Ruud Van Nistelrooy's next destination if the negotations between the English giants and Real Madrid come to fruition, according to the British Daily Mail newspaper.

As also reported by Marca, Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is hoping to employ the Dutchman's services as a substitute for Fernando Torres, citing his experience and goalscoring ability as qualities needed in the side.

For his part, Van Nistelrooy is looking to find playing time, as with the World Cup coming up in South Africa, the Dutchman would like to build up enough form to earn a place with his national team.

Liverpool are reportedly not too keen on paying a transfer fee for the player and would prefer a loan deal which would permit the Anfield side to evaluate Van Nistelrooy's form up until the end of the season. In the event of a loan, the Reds would not be willing to accept Madrid's terms in regards the Dutchman's wages.

Los Blancos would like Liverpool to pay a large majority of the former Manchester United striker's salary should the deal go through.

Report: Liverpool considering swoop for
former Lazio striker Goran Pandev

Liverpool are reportedly on the verge of swooping for ex-Lazio striker Goran Pandev, after the player rescinded his contract with the club recently, according to the Daily Star Sunday.

Although it has been reported that the Macedonian will undergo a medical with Milanese giants Inter on Monday, it is believed that Reds' boss Rafael Benitez is looking to hijack the deal and bring in the player to boost the club's strike force.

The Merseysiders have suffered from a dearth of attacking options since the departure of Robbie Keane last season, as the only significant option after Fernando Torres is an inexperienced David Ngog. Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt - who both have the capability to lead the line - are normally given a wide role.

Pandev has been linked with several clubs across Italy as well as the Premier League, with Tottenham Hotspur, Milan and Juventus said to be in the hunt to secure the player's signature.

The 26-year-old is believed to be worth £15 million, but the fact that he has annulled his contract with the Biancocelesti means that he will be available on a free transfer.

Report: Stoke City eyeing Babel

British tabloid News Of The World has reported that Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has set his sights on an ambitious raid for Liverpool striker Ryan Babel.

The Dutchman has found first team chances increasingly hard to come by despite assurances from manager Rafael Benitez, and Pulis is claimed to be wanting to capitalize on the former Ajax ace's situation at Anfield.

Pulis is willing to throw in want-away striker James Beattie in any deal with the Reds, although it's said that Benitez would prefer straight cash as he looks to trim the squad, and in turn, accrue funds to ease the club's ailing financial situation.

Panathinaikos move for
Liverpool striker Voronin

Panathinaikos are chasing Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin.

Reds boss Rafa Benitez has been attempting to find a buyer in Germany for the Ukraine international ahead of the January market.

However, the Sunday Mirror says Panathinaikos have come forward with an approach for Voronin and Benitez hopes he can do business to raise funds for his own winter market plans.

Atletico Madrid offered
Liverpool fullback Dossena

Atletico Madrid are chasing Liverpool fullback
Andrea Dossena.

The Mirror says Atletico sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch has sounded out Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez about signing the Italian full-back.

Dossena, 28, joined Liverpool from Udinese for £7million 18 months ago but has been a disaster at Anfield.

The Italian has never won a regular place and even gave up his number two shirt when Glen Johnson signed for Liverpool last summer, and now wears number 38.

Atletico are only willing to pay £2m with Liverpool hoping to do a permanent deal rather than a loan to raise funds.

Heskey to Liverpool
speculation resurfaces

This is Anfield

Three of this morning’s newspapers will reignite transfer rumours surrounding Liverpool’s intentions to resign Emile Heskey from Aston Villa in the January transfer window.

With Reds boss Rafa Benitez looking to bolster Liverpool’s attacking options after a faltering first half of the season, Heskey’s return to Anfield would be a cheap option for Benitez to consider.

The Guardian, Daily Mirror and Liverpool Daily Post all contain reports this morning linking Benitez with a £3.5million move for Heskey next month.

Andy Hunter of The Guardian writes:

Rafael Benítez has placed Emile Heskey top of his wish list for January despite facing a monumental task to persuade Aston Villa to grant the striker a return to Liverpool.

However the England international has found his way into Martin O’Neil’s first team of late, scoring twice in Villa’s last seven games which has sees them sit 3rd in the Premier League table.

Heskey has been linked several times over the last two years with a return to Liverpool, with the Reds reported to be interested last January transfer window when he left Wigan for Villa.

Heskey scored 60 goals in 223 appearances for Liverpool between 2000 and 2004, after arriving for ££11m from Leicester City – a record for the club at the time. In his first full season (00-01) the club enjoyed huge success with three trophies and Heskey himself scored 23 goals.

van Nistelrooy close
to January move?

This is Anfield

Former Man United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy is close to agreeing a six-month loan move to Liverpool, according to reports on Wednesday.

The Real Madrid and Holland international is out of favour at the Bernabeu and with Rafa Benitez seeking cover for Fernando Torres up-front, van Nistelrooy has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League.

The 33 year old is keen to get regular football ahead of next summer’s World Cup.

Van Nistelrooy made his debut for the Mancs against Liverpool in 2001 and went on to score 150 goals in just 219 appearances for Ferguson’s team. He joined Real Madrid in summer 2006 where he has an equally impressive scoring record, with 46 goals in 68 appearances.

A move to Anfield would represent an uncanny resemblance to United’s signing of former Liverpool forward Michael Owen in the summer. In 2002/03 both players finished as top scorers for their respective clubs, 6 years later they could be playing at opposite ends of the old East Lancs Road.

Parker lined up as
Mascherano exit looms

By Ben Moss -

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has reportedly conceded defeat in his bid to keep Javier Mascherano at Anfield beyond his current contract, and is keen to bring in a like-for-like replacement in the shape of West Ham’s Scott Parker report the Sun.

The 25-year-old Argentine captain looks set to leave the Premier League in the summer in favour of a move to Barcelona, and despite his wish to keep the player, Benitez has now turned his attentions to the Upton Park enforcer.

The Sun newspaper suggest Liverpool will make a £6 million bid for the 29-year-old Hammer in January, meaning the England international could play the remainder of the season alongside Mascherano in the Anfield engine room. Rafa Benitez is desperate to add some steely resolve to his side, and the hugely underrate Parker has been earmarked as the perfect foil for the likes of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.

Reports intimate, Benitez is hopeful the financial uncertainties currently surrounding Upton Park will make any potential deal un-inflated by a January move, and with the club currently languishing near the foot of the Premier League, Parker may well choose to leave Gianfranco Zola’s side.

Parker moved to West Ham in June 2007 in a £7 million deal from Newcastle United. Last season he was voted Hammer of the Year by the club’s supporters.

Rumour Mill: Reds to swap
Babel for Spurs’ Pavlyuchenko

This is Anfield

Liverpool will offer Dutch international winger Ryan Babel in a bid to sign Tottenham Hotspur attacker Roman Pavlyuchenko in the January transfer window, according to reports today.

It is understood that Reds boss Rafa Benitez has finally lost his patience with Babel who is having yet another uninspiring season at the club and is ready to offload the 22-year-old.

Spurs signed Pavlyuchenko for £13.8million last September, but now sits as Tottenham’s fourth choice striker behind Jermaine Defoe, and ironically former Reds Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch.

The 27-year-old has scored 15 times in 31 appearances for Russia, who did not qualify for next year’s World Cup.

He scored against Liverpool as Spurs beat the Reds 2-1 in November 2008 to end Benitez’s men’s unbeaten start to the season.

Reds tracking Manga


Ecuele Manga's agent Yvan Le Mee has revealed that Liverpool have been tracking the Angers SCO defender.

Mee would not reveal the names of the clubs who are interested in the Gabonese player and admitted "there have been no concrete offers".

But he told Le Quotidien du Foot: "(Liverpool scout) Laurent Viaud has often seen him playing. Liverpool have been following him since last season."

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