2705: Traore attracting interest from West Brom
2705: Ayala and Aimar could make switch...
2305: Liverpool will accept £40million Gerrard bid
2005: Liverpool linked with Paris Saint Germain...
2005: Rosicky in fresh Liverpool link
1905: Reds eye Hertha keeper
1905: Chelsea set for £30m Gerrard swoop
1805: Barton close to Anfield switch
1705: Traore and Mellor linked with Ipswich Town
1705: Liverpool linked with goalkeeper
1205: Liverpool eye duo
0905: Reds in for Drogba?
0605: Midfielder flattered by Reds interest
0605: Owen camp opens talks with Real Madrid...
0605: Marseille can make a move for Diouf
0505: Liverpool linked with £5million defender
0505: Liverpool target Barton
0405: Liverpool 'target Smith'
0205: Liverpool eye Melchiot
RUMOURS ARCHIVE              
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MAY 27
Traore attracting interest from West Brom

Kop Talk

West Bromwich Albion are being linked with a move for Liverpool defender Djimi Traore.

The French defender failed to hold down a regular starting place at Anfield under Gerard Houllier and will almost certainly be on the move this summer.

All transfer decisions will be decided by the new manager so West Brom have been advised to return with a bid when things are resolved at Anfield. It is believed that the club would be prepared to offload him if a fee of around £1million was offered.

Blackburn Rovers have previously expressed an interest in the player and there's talk that Leeds United may also be interested.

Meanwhile reports in London claim that Liverpool have cooled their interest in Fulham's Steed Malbranque following Gerard Houllier's exit.

MAY 27
Ayala and Aimar could make switch with Benitez

Kop Talk

Newspaper reports today claim that Argentine duo Roberto Ayala and Pablo Aimar could be on the plane to Liverpool if Rafael Benitez takes over at Anfield.

Centre-back Ayala was only hours from joining Real Madrid earlier in the season but the Spanish giants couldn't reach an agreement with Valencia so the player instead stayed where he was and signed a contract extension which now runs until 2008. He has however said he would move on if Valencia wanted to cash in on him.

Playmaker Aimar - 'an adventurous and unpredictable player who offers dashes of flair and can spark an attack out of nothing' (BBC) - is said to have a close relationship with his manager and would be keen to follow him, claim reports.

MAY 23
Liverpool will accept £40million Gerrard bid

Kop Talk

Reports today claim that Chelsea are preparing a staggering £40million bid for Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard in a deal that would cost the Blues around £70m by the time you've included the player's salary and bonuses.

The skipper will be offered a deal worth in excess of £130,000-a-week if the reports are genuine and the fact that credible journalists are behind them means they shouldn't be dismissed.

KopTalk sources insist that if a £40million bid is received it will be accepted and the player will be free to make the move south.

MAY 20
Liverpool linked with Paris Saint Germain ace

Kop Talk

French newspaper L'Equipe is reporting that Liverpool are interested in recruiting Paris Saint Germain full-back Bernard Mendy.

The 22-year-old had a season-long loan spell at Bolton a couple of seasons back and at the time Liverpool were heavily linked with him but nothing ever materialised. The player also claimed in April 2003 that the Reds were sniffing around him but again nothing happened.

L'Equipe are not known for publishing idle speculation but it is worth noting that the player is currently negotiating a new contract with PSG as he only has a year left on his existing deal.

MAY 20
Rosicky in fresh Liverpool link


Borussia Dortmund midfielder Tomas Rosicky is being linked with a summer move to Liverpool.

Czech newspaper Sport has reported that Rosicky's manager is currently holding talks with the Anfield club, where he would join compatriots Vladimir Smicer and Milan Baros should a deal go through.

And the player himself admits he is hoping to leave the Bundesliga side.

"Even though I have a long contract in Dortmund, I still want to go in the summer," Rosicky told Sport.

The 23-year-old midfielder is likely to find few complaints from Dortmund, who would welcome a bid for the Czech international to try and recoup some of the unearned income following a season without Champions League football.

Rosicky had previously spent a week on trial at Liverpool before his move to Dortmund and has already spoken of his desire to play in the Premiership whilst being linked with a move to Chelsea over the winter.

MAY 19
Reds eye Hertha keeper

Daily Mirror

Liverpool are reportedly eyeing a swoop for Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly, in a move that would see Jerzy Dudek heading to Germany.

Reports in the German media have suggested that Hertha's Hungarian shot-stopper could be on his way to Anfield in a dream move.

Kiraly has refused a new contract with the Old Lady and German daily Kicker has reported that he has already been on Merseyside to undergo a medical at Anfield.

The gifted shot-stopper, who joined Hertha in 1997 from Hungarian outfit Haladas Szombathely, had lost his first-team status under interim coach Hans Meyer to Christian Fiedler and was furious when Hertha told him that his contract would not be renewed unless he would be willing to accept a massive pay cut.

Hertha have only just avoided relegation after a disappointing campaign and they might like to increase the pressure on the talented, but often lethargic, Fiedler by bringing in Dudek.

Kiraly would be able to seal a summer move on a free transfer, but it seems possible that Hertha will sign shot-stopper Dudek in exchange as the Polish international is not happy about playing understudy to Chris Kirkland.

Dudek has played the majority of games this season but that has been down to Kirkland's injury problems and it seems that the young Englishman will be first choice whenever he is fit.

MAY 19
Chelsea set for £30m Gerrard swoop

By Alan Nixon - Daily Mirror

Chelsea are going to make a British-record £30million bid to take Steven Gerrard from Liverpool.

Owner Roman Abramovich has approved the most ambitious transfer offer since he took charge at Stamford Bridge. Abramovich has put chief executive Peter Kenyon on the job of grabbing the England midfielder with as much money as he needs to tempt Liverpool and their captain.

Chelsea insiders believe there is a chance Liverpool will accept the bid and that Gerrard may also be open to offers if the moneyis right for him.

Talk of a contract worth more than £100,000-a-week for Gerrard is being openly discussed in the corridors of power at Chelsea.

Gerrard recently signed a new deal at Liverpool and was also made skipper but his resolve will soon be tested.

Chelsea want Gerrard and have fortunes to spend once again this summer as they go to the second stage of their bid for football power.

They have just had a top-level approach for Brazilian star Ronaldinho turned down by Barcelona. The Russian was willing to pay around £40million in fees plus mega wages for the South American.

Abramovich is demanding the best and will open the bidding at around £30million for Gerrard before possibly going even higher.

Liverpool will be livid about Chelsea's interest, but they will find a mega-offer hard to resist even with the prospect of money coming in from Thailand.

The Anfield club are short of funds to compete at the top level as has been proved by their talks with both the Thais and local millionaire Steven Morgan.

Selling Gerrard would be a devastating blow for the club, but they know that there will be offers for him soon following his awesome form this season.

MAY 18
Barton close to Anfield switch


Manchester City's scouse midfielder Joey Barton is exceptionally close to signing for Liverpool for a fee believed to be around £2.5m.

As we exclusively revealed in December of last year, Gérard Houllier has been tracking the competitive midfielder and he looks to have finally caught his man.

Sources from both ends of the East Lancs have told us that Barton is exceptionally close to signing a 4-year contract for Liverpool.

After Manchester City's 5-1 rout of Everton in the last game of the season at the City of Manchester Stadium, Barton said his goodbyes to the players of staff of Manchester City.

Barton is a long time friend of Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard after having grown up in the same streets together. Barton was released by Everton early in his career and joined Manchester City when Kevin Keegan spotted his potential in August of 2001.

He made his debut in a 2-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers two years later. Five games later he was part of the Manchester City team that won 2-1 in our last home game of the 2002/03 season.

His sudden rise in profile resulted in him winning an England under-21's call up for the European Championships qualifier against Portugal at Goodison Park. He scored on his debut that night but couldn't stop the visitors going away with a 2-1 win.

He is not expected to be the only new signing to arrive at Anfield this summer in what promises to be a very busy period for players coming in and going out of Liverpool.

MAY 17
Traore and Mellor linked with Ipswich Town

Kop Talk

Liverpool duo Neil Mellor and Djimi Traore have both been linked with a possible summer move to Ipswich Town.

It's not the first time that Mellor has been linked with Town and his future at Anfield isn't clear so an exit could be on the cards for a nominal fee but the Reds are in no rush to off-load him. Traore on the other hand has been told to find another club but he may prefer a return to France.

The People newspaper reports that Town want both of them.

MAY 17
Liverpool linked with goalkeeper

By Al Campbell - LFC Online

Liverpool have been linkd with Galatasary and Columbia goalkeeper Farid Mondragon.

The 32 year old is available on a free transfer and with Kirkland's continuing injury problems and Luzi expected to leave Houllier is said to want top class back up for Dudek.

Mondragon is expected to arrive at Anfield for talks in the next few days. However, the player is no longer first choice for Columbia and may have trouble getting a work permit.

MAY 12
Liverpool eye duo

By Phil McNulty - BBC Sport Online

Liverpool will step up their interest in Manchester City's Joey Barton and Nottingham Forest defender Michael Dawson at the end of the season.

Merseyside-born Barton has only 12 months left on his contract and has yet to agree a new deal.

Forest also face a fight to hold on to talented 20-year-old Dawson, who is a long-time target for top clubs.

And BBC Sport understands Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier is poised to lead the chase for the pair.

Liverpool are likely to have to pay around £3m for Barton, while Dawson is rated in the £5m bracket.

Barton is a close friend of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, and recently had a public disagreement with City manager Kevin Keegan after he was dropped.

Liverpool are also interested in Barton's team-mate Shaun Wright-Phillips, but will face a fight to land the winger after City's Premiership safety was assured.

Anfield boss Houllier will waste no time in re-shuffling his squad, although they are still favourites to clinch a place in the money-spinning Champions League.

Auxerre's Djibril Cisse will arrive in a £14m deal, while Liverpool striker Emile Heskey is expected to sign for Birmingham City shortly after the end of the season.

Reds in for Drogba?

By Al Campbell - LFC Online

Liverpool have been linked with the man who knocked them out of this season's UEFA cup.

Didier Drogba was valued at just £3m at Christmas but after helping Marseille into the UEFA cup final his value has more than trebled to £10m.

Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester United are all said to be watching the player.

Midfielder flattered by Reds interest

Sky Sports

Feyenoord midfielder Thomas Buffel has revealed he is flattered at reported interest from Liverpool in his services.

Reports in Holland claim Liverpool had representatives watch Buffel in international action for Belgium against Turkey last week.

Liverpool have been linked with the goalscoring midfielder in the past and it is believed that The Reds have rekindled their interest in Buffel.

Buffel, who has also been linked with a move to Galatasaray, admitted he would have to consider a move to Liverpool if they tried to sign him.

"It is possible they were impressed by my play in that match (against Turkey). And if a club like them is interested you have to listen," Buffel told Dutch newspaper Gazet van Antwepen.

"It's too early to speak about concrete interest."

Buffel is unsure of his future at Feyenoord and Reds boss Gerard Houllier could be keen to bring him to Anfield as he plans to rebuild his squad after a disappointing season.

Owen camp opens talks with
Real Madrid and Barcelona

Kop Talk

Michael Owen's agent Tony Stephens has opened talks with Real Madrid and Barcelona claim credible sources today.

The Liverpool striker is still no closer to signing a new contract with the Reds and alarm bells are now finally starting to sound within the walls of Anfield because the player can sign a pre-contract with another club in just 7 months time and leave on a free at the end of next season.

Some of us were hoping that Owen had delayed contract talks with the Reds because he wanted to let his contract with SFX expire and let his father manage his affairs meaning Terry would instead receive a tidy slice of his new contract instead of SFX. However Owen signed a new two-year deal with SFX only a few weeks ago leaving Stephens in control until 2006 at least. (Ed: Another two years at Anfield perhaps?).

Leading football journalist Harry Harris today claims that Stephens is currently talking to both Spanish clubs about a possible move although there is no clear suggestion that Owen is aware of this if true. He also points out that both clubs would prefer to recruit other targets and that Owen is maybe a more relasitic option due to availability and cost issues.

It is rumoured that Owen has been offered a new deal worth a basic £90,000-a-week to re-sign and remain at Anfield and the general vibe has been positive. However the player and his agents know that if he proves to be a star at Euro 2004, more lucrative offers will come in.

Liverpool chief Rick Parry is desperate to get the player to sign a new deal before the tournament begins but because of the uncertainty Gerard Houllier has identified PSV's Kezman as a direct replacement. Alan Smith could be brought in to replace Emile Heskey providing he can be off-loaded in the summer.

Marseille can make a move for Diouf

By Andy Hunter - Daily Post

New Marseille general manager Pape Diouf has revealed the French club do have the financial muscle to strengthen this summer - increasing namesake El Hadji's prospects of a Stade Velodrome move.

Liverpool's Diouf has been strongly linked with a return to Le Championnat this summer after failing to impress at Anfield and incurring Gerard Houllier's wrath on several occasions.

Marseille emerged as a possible destination after club officials met Diouf's agent the night of Liverpool's acrimonious UEFA Cup exit.

The Senegal international was thought to be beyond the UEFA Cup semi-finalists price-range, even though Liverpool are prepared to take a huge loss on the striker signed for £10million from Lens in 2002.

But last night Pape Diouf insisted Marseille do have money to spend and favour players with Le Championnat experience.

Marseille's general manager, who is continuing in his role as an agent and declared his intention to keep Didier Drogba at the Velodrome, said: "We have to hire players with recognised talent, and most of them who are playing in Le Championnat.

"That is our philosophy. Christophe Bouchet (Marseille president) told me the club will have the means to get a competitive team together in the summer."

Liverpool linked with £5million defender

Kop Talk

Liverpool want to sign Birmingham City defender Matthew Upson, claim reports today.

Gerard Houllier is looking at recruiting a centre-back and has identified Upson as a possible recruit and is prepared to pay around £5million for the player if you believe the reports.

The Liverpool boss showed interest in Upson a few years back but nothing ever materialised. Another thing worth noting is that we have now been linked heavily with around three centre-backs which suggests that we are starting to make progress behind the scenes. It is also a clear indication that the board still have faith in Gerard Houllier.

Arsenal paid Luton £1million for the player but he failed to hold down a regular place and was farmed out to Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace during the 2000-01 season. Birmingham eventually coughed up £1million for him.

Liverpool target Barton

By Dominic Fifield - The Guardian

Liverpool's attempts to rebuild for next season will include a bid for the England Under-21 international Joey Barton, with the Manchester City midfielder likely to spurn a vastly improved contract offer in favour of a move to Anfield.

Barton has only a year to run on his deal, with City desperate to tie him down for a further four years. But Gérard Houllier has identified the 21-year-old as a potential replacement for Dietmar Hamann, for whom they will listen to offers, and hope to sign him for £2m.

Indeed, City privately suspect that preliminary talks may already have taken place behind the scenes given that Barton's representatives, SFX, have close links with Liverpool.

Barton, a boyhood Evertonian, is believed to be keen on a return to Merseyside. His relationship with Kevin Keegan has been fractious since he reacted to being omitted for the game against Southampton last month by driving home and missing the match.

Liverpool 'target Smith'

BBC Sport Online

Liverpool are reportedly set to join the race for Alan Smith after he said he would be leaving Leeds after they were effectively relegated on Sunday.

Several newspapers claim that Reds boss Gerard Houllier will compete with the likes of Newcastle and Manchester United for the 23-year-old forward.

Auxerre forward Djibril Cisse is already expected to arrive at Anfield during the summer for £14m.

And Houllier is believed to be keen to bring in another striker.

Michael Owen has yet to sign a new deal with Liverpool and it appears that Emile Heskey is no longer part of Houllier's long-term plans.

Indeed, Heskey has been linked with a move to Steve Bruce's Birmingham after turning down a mid-season move to Middlesbrough during the January transfer window.

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry has reportedly already held an informal meeting with Smith's agent, although it is not known what the Merseyside club would be willing to pay for the striker.

Liverpool eye Melchiot


Liverpool are "shock candidates" in the race to sign Mario Melchiot in the summer, according to The People.

The Chelsea full-back will be available on a free transfer at the end of June.

He has attracted interest from several clubs, including Newcastle, but the Reds are now reported to be in pole position to land him.

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