June - 2006

3006: Pennant is new Reds target
3006: Liverpool monitor Tunisian stalwart
2706: Rennes close on Cheyrou
2006: Liverpool negotiating with Feyenoord
1906: Reds lodge £10m bid?
1906: Benitez closing in on £6m Bellamy
1806: Hamann move on hold
1706: Dudek to leave
1606: D-Day looms in Bellamy race
1606: Cisse set for Marseille loan
1406: Liverpool cleared to sign Alves
1306: Liverpool linked with Chelsea swoop
1106: Reds linked with Viduka
1106: Camoranesi could be available cheap
0906: Reds eye Real midfielder
0906: Cisse injury to open door for Bellamy bid
0406: Benitez feels the need for Steed
0206: Aimar poised for Liverpool transfer
0206: Liverpool in talks with midfielder
0106: Marseille in for outbound Cisse
0106: £9.5million Bent set for Liverpool move?
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Pennant is new Reds target

By Chris Bascombe . Liverpool Echo

Liverpool are preparing to swoop for Jermaine Pennant, as the Daniel Alves deal looks further away than ever.

Rafa Benitez has now decided to switch his attention to the 23-year-old Birmingham winger having virtually given up on negotiations with Seville.

Benitez knows he can sign two players for the amount Seville are asking for Alves, which is why he now feels it's in Liverpool's interest to bid for Pennant and Feyenoord's Dirk Kuyt instead.

The Reds hope a bid in the region of £3.5m will be enough to secure a deal for Pennant.

Pennant would be the second new arrival of the summer who'd arrive with a 'bad boy reputation', but Benitez is confident a move to Anfield will bring the best out of a player who was seen as one of England's hottest prospects a few years ago.

With Birmingham relegated, it's clear Pennant would relish the chance to return to a top club having failed to make a major impact at Arsenal.

Like Craig Bellamy, Benitez feels the youngster will arrive highly-motivated and with a point to prove should he be given a second chance at a major club.

Birmingham are bound to resist any Liverpool bid, but Benitez will hope to resolve the right midfield situation swiftly having become frustrated in the long drawn out Alves saga.

With pre-season training starting on Monday, the Spanish boss doesn't want too many late arrivals, and will particularly eager to have his new recruits in place before Liverpool head to the Swiss training camp at the end of July.

Should Liverpool sign Pennant for a reasonable fee, funds will also be avail-able to bid for Kuyt. Benitez knows it's essential to sign at least one more striker before the transfer deadline.

Liverpool monitor Tunisian stalwart

By Nick Smith - Daily Post

Liverpool are pondering a move for Tunisian World Cup star
Hatem Trabelsi.

The 29-year-old could provide the right-sided strengthening that manager Rafael Benitez is craving as he loses patience with Sevilla over Daniel Alves.

The Spanish club are holding firm on their valuation of £10million for the player, and unless some leeway can be found in the negotiations to get closer to Liverpool's valuation, Benitez will switch his attention to search for other options.

Like Alves, Trabelsi is a right-sided player who can operate in defence or midfield and he is now a free agent after coming to the end of his contract with Ajax at the end of the season.

The Dutch giants signed the player in 2001 after he had already made his name on the international stage with Tunisia, including playing in the 1998 World Cup in France.

He also featured in all three group games of their 2002 campaign, but the highlight of his international career came when Tunisia lifted the African Cup of Nations on their own soil in 2004.

Trabelsi endured a third consecutive group knock-out at the current World Cup, but was their most impressive performer in Germany.

Sealing a deal for the free agent means that the money Liverpool save on Alves could be used to sign Dirk Kuyt from Feyenoord.

Rennes close on Cheyrou

By Chris Stanton - Sky Sports

Liverpool midfielder Bruno Cheyrou is poised to join Ligue 1 side Rennes, according to reports from France.

Cheyrou is believed to have caught the eye of Rennes manager Pierre Dreossi and Ouest France claim the player could sign later this week.

The 28-year-old has long been deemed surplus to requirements at Anfield after Rafa Benitez succeeded Gerard Houllier as manager of the club in the summer of 2004.

Signed by Houllier for a fee of £3.7 million from Lille, Benitez never took to the player and he was allowed to join Marseille on loan in July 2004.

Cheyrou returned to The Reds last summer, but promptly pitched up in Ligue 1 once more, this time agreeing a season-long deal with Bordeaux.

Girondins are unlikely to press ahead with a permanent transfer, however, and that could leave the way clear for Rennes to tie up a deal.

Liverpool negotiating with Feyenoord

Kop Talk

According to reports this morning, Liverpool are continuing to negotiate with Feyenoord in the hope of reaching an an agreement that will see striker Dirk Kuyt make the switch to Anfield after the World Cup.

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is keen on the Dutch hitman but if Feyenoord hold out for more than £10million, Rafa could miss out.

Recent suggestions have stated that Feyenoord were looking for around £14million but Liverpool wouldn't pay that, and rightly so.

Reds chief executive Rick Parry is confident that he can negotiate a deal around the £10million mark and according to Anfield insiders, he's made it clear to Feyenoord that he isn't prepared to drag the matter out over the summer.

Reds lodge £10m bid?

Clubcall Sports

Liverpool have reportedly increased their bid for Sevilla full-back Daniel Alves to £10million.

Spanish newspaper AS claim that the La Liga club's chairman Jose Maria del Nido has rejected the offer, tabled in the last 24 hours.

It is the second bid made by Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, who recently failed with an £8million offer for the Brazilian defender.

Sevilla are believed to value Alves at £12million - but the Merseysiders appear unwilling to meet that valuation.

Benitez is hoping to splash a large portion of his summer transfer kitty on at least one top-class striker - and does not want an Alves transfer to eat heavily into the funds he has available.

Benitez closing in on £6m Bellamy

By Ian Doyle and Nick Smith - Daily Post

Rafael Benitez will hand Craig Bellamy the chance of a dream move to Liverpool - as Djibril Cisse edges nearer the Anfield exit.

The Liverpool manager has made no secret of his intention to shake-up his forward line as he prepares his team for a tilt at the Premiership title next season.

And he has identified Blackburn Rovers striker Bellamy as a major part of his plans, and is prepared to trigger a clause in the Wales international's contract that allows him to depart Ewood Park for £6million.

The clause expires at the end of July but Benitez has chosen to act now, with Liverpool hopeful of finalising the deal for the 26-year-old early next week.

Bellamy is a boyhood Liverpool supporter and is expected to jump at the chance of a move to Anfield, which will form the first part of Benitez's overhaul of his striking department.

Dirk Kuyt of Feyenoord remains his other favoured reinforcement, although Darren Bent of Charlton Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur's Jermain Defoe are also being considered.

With Gabriel Paletta signed, Mark Gonzalez waiting on his work permit and the signature of Daniel Alves seemingly imminent, Benitez's summer rebuilding plans are now falling into place.

Fernando Morientes has already departed for Valencia in a £3m move, while the likelihood remains Cisse has played his last game for Liverpool.

Liverpool could be close to netting a transfer fee for Cisse after Marseille revived their interest in him.

The striker's World Cup dream was shattered when he broke his leg playing for France last week, which seemed to put pay to Liverpool raising transfer funds from his sale.

But Marseille president Pape Diouf, who was in a race with Lyon to sign Cisse before the injury, is set to meet with Liverpool officials to negotiate a deal.

It's likely that Marseile will offer to take Cisse on loan next season, even though he's not expected to play again until October, before his move is made permanent.

Hamann move on hold

By Adam Bryant - LFC Online

Dietmar Hamann's expected move to Bolton may not now happen.

The Liverpool midfielder is believed to have changed his mind about wanting the move, while Manchester City have also expressed an interest.

He has said that he wants to return to Germany to end his career, and may now wait for an offer from the Bundesliga.

Dudek to leave

By Al Campbell - LFC Online

Jerzy Dudek will leave Liverpool this Summer and return to Holland.

Dudek will return to the Dutch league for next season when he joins AZ Alkmaar for £1m.

Dudek lost his place in the Liverpool first team to Pepe Reina and his lack of first team action last season cost him his place in Poland's World Cup squad.

D-Day looms in Bellamy race

By Chris Bascombe - Liverpool Echo

Liverpool target Craig Bellamy will discover if his dream move to Anfield will go ahead within the next two weeks.

The Blackburn striker has a £6m get-out clause in his contract, but that expires at the end of this month.

If Liverpool don't activate the clause within the next fortnight, they'll be unable to secure the Welshman's services for the same cut-price fee.

Bellamy has emerged as the most likely striking target for manager Rafa Benitez due to the postponement of Djibril Cisse's £8m transfer.

Had Cisse been sold, Benitez was ready to use the funds for a swoop for Charlton's Darren Bent.

However, the Spanish boss recognises Bellamy would represent top value for £6m, although there are still significant discussions ongoing at Anfield to determine the pros and cons of a Bellamy bid.

The fiery Welshman certainly possesses all the attributes Liverpool are seeking, but the meticulous Benitez wants to be sure the player's off-field reputation has been exaggerated.

The clock is ticking though, and now Benitez is considering whether to test the validity of the £6m get-out clause claims which have been widely reported by making a formal bid.

Liverpool will be helped by the fact Bellamy is desperate to join the Reds and has even indicated to friends he'd take a pay-cut to move to Merseyside.

If Liverpool make a move, it's understood Bellamy would demand his sale.

Spurs are also chasing the pacy frontman, while Rovers are desperate to keep him and have offered new terms which remove the £6m clause.

What's clear is if Bellamy doesn't sign for Liverpool before the end of this month, his chances of doing so will be over.

Part of his attraction is the bargain he'd seemingly represent, butif adeal isn't done soon Benitez will turn his attention back to other striking targets.

While a Bellamy deal remains under consideration, Liverpool remain encouraged by developments in their pursuit of Daniel Alves.

Seville are now resigned to losing their Brazilian and have targeted Arsenal's Lauren as a re placement.

Liverpool hope to confirm Gary Ablett as the new reserve team boss shortly. However, his switch across Stanley Park has been delayed because Everton are claiming compensation.

Cisse set for Marseille loan

Matt Ladson - This is Anfield

Reports early this Friday morning in French sportspaper L’Equipe claim Liverpool have agreed a one year loan deal with Marseille for Djibril Cisse, with a permanent deal lined up after that.

The French forward broke his leg for the second time in two years in the World Cup warm up match with China, just as a deal with Lyon or Marseille was about to be agreed. The unfortunate injury looked to have scuppered any transfer but now it seems a deal is back on.

If this does come to fruition it is a further signal that Rafa Benitez is in the hunt for at least one striker this summer, with Morientes departed already - leaving only Crouch, Fowler and Sinama Pongolle if he stays.

Other rumours today see goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek reportedly subject of a 1 million pound bid from Dutch side AZ Alkmar.

Liverpool cleared to sign Alves

BBC Sport Online

Sevilla have reluctantly agreed to sell defender Daniel Alves to Liverpool, but say the Reds have yet to match their asking price, believed to be £8m.

The 23-year-old has long been a target for Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez.

Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido said: "We're already talking big money but Sevilla don't want to lose Daniel.

"He has let us know the offer from Liverpool is the most important. But he has not put pressure on us and we don't have a harsh relationship with him."

Brazilian Alves has been at Sevilla for four years now and impressed during their Uefa Cup success in 2006, most notably in the 4-0 demolition of Middlesbrough in the final.

Liverpool are thought to have already made a £7m bid for the player, which was deemed too low by his current employers.

Del Nido added: "Liverpool have not yet made us an offer which is acceptable. Until they meet our asking price, there's no deal."

Liverpool linked with Chelsea swoop

Clubcall Sports

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Chelsea winger Damien Duff, but clubcall understands these reports are wide of the mark.

The Republic of Ireland international's future at Stamford Bridge looks questionable, with Arjen Robben, Joe Cole, Salomon Kalou and Shaun Wright-Phillips all competing with him for places in the wide positions.

Recent reports have suggested that Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is seriously considering a move for the former Blackburn ace, but with Mark Gonzalez and Harry Kewell already set to battle it out for the left-wing spot at Anfield, Duff would not seem to be a priority.

A move to Tottenham Hotspur is perhaps more likely, with Spurs desperate to sign a quality left-winger ahead of next season.

Reds linked with Viduka

By Al Campbell - LFC Online

Liverpool have been linked with Middlesbrough fatty Mark Viduka according to the Sunday People.

Viduka is currently captaining Australia at the World Cup but the People newspaper believes Rafael Benitez is preparing a £1.5m bid for the Middlesbrough striker.

Camoranesi could be available cheap

Anfield Red

Juventus midfielder Mauro Camoranesi has been today linked with a move to Anfield.

Juventus could be relegated due to recent revelations regarding match fixing, which could see them drop to Serie B or even lower, which would spell the start of most of the top players leaving.

Rafa has made no secret of his desire to sign a right winger, and , if Juve do get relegated, they wont be able to afford any of the wages, as attendances in Italy are at an all time low, especially in Turin where the Serie A champions have failed to sell out all season, sometimes attendances being less than half the capacity of the stadium, along with the less income from the league.

Juve could be forced to sell their players cheap, and Camoranesi has been linked with a move away from the club before, and Liverpool could be a target as they are in the Champions league.

Reds eye Real midfielder

By Francisco Acedo - Sky Sports

Liverpool are looking at Real Zaragoza midfielder Antonio Zapater, according to reports in Spain.

The young midfield man, who is approaching his 21st birthday, is contracted with Real until next summer but they could be ready to let him leave.

Zapater turned down a new contract with the club recently, with his agent Gines Carvajal saying the offer was not good enough for a player of his quality.

Zapater has a €6 million (£4 million) price tag on his head but Zaragoza may well accept less than that as he could leave them for nothing at the end of next season.

Some reports say that new Zaragoza boss Victor Fernandez does not see Zapater fitting in with the system he wants to employ, with the coach happy to let him leave.

Valencia are also interested and ready to battle it out with their former manager Rafa Benitez for his signature.

Benitez has not been afraid to raid the Spanish market for players in the past, and he is always looking for new talent to add to his Anfield squad.

Cisse injury to open door for Bellamy bid

By Ian Doyle - Daily Post

Djibril Cisse's injury nightmare could pave the way for Liverpool to move for Craig Bellamy.

Cisse was yesterday ruled out until at least November after suffering a broken leg during France's final World Cup warm-up game against China on Wednesday night.

Rafael Benitez was planning to fund moves in the transfer market with the anticipated £8million from the sale of Cisse to Marseille or Lyon, with talks reaching an advanced stage mere hours before the unlucky striker's horrific injury.

But with the 24-year-old having undergone an operation to repair the broken tibia and fibula in his right leg, it has ended any hope of Liverpool selling the player during the summer.

Now Benitez must realign his sights as he seeks to bolster his striking department with the capture of two new forwards after Fernando Morientes's departure to Valencia last month.

Feyenoord's £10m-rated Holland international Dirk Kuyt is the Liverpool manager's first choice, followed by one of Darren Bent, Jermain Defoe or Bellamy.

But with both Bent and Defoe having been handed similar price tags to Kuyt, Bellamy, available for £6m due to a clause in his contract, represents the best value.

Liverpool have until the end of July to trigger the clause, after which Blackburn can place their own value on the player. The Ewood Park outfit are aware of possible Anfield interest in their most saleable asset and are ready to offer Bellamy an improved contract to persuade him to stay.

However, the Wales international is a boyhood Liverpool supporter and would jump at the chance of a move to the FA Cup winners.

Benitez feels the need for Steed


Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is set to test Fulham's resolve by offering £4million for wantaway midfielder Steed Malbranque.

The French playmaker only has one year left on his current deal at Craven Cottage - and has turned down the offer of a new contract.

That leaves boss Chris Coleman in a dilemma over whether to take what he can for Malbranque or keep him for next season and see him leave on a free transfer next summer.

Fulham finished 12th in the Premiership last term after winning four of their last five games, so money is not so tight in Coleman's coffers that he would have to accept a low offer.

Benitez is willing to put £4million in hard cash on the table, though, and that could be enough to prise the 26-year-old from the Londoners.

The Anfield chief wants to add more creative flair to his ranks in order to mount a title push next season - and is awaiting the arrival of winger Mark Gonzalez from his loan spell at Real Sociedad.

Malbranque can play on both flanks, in the centre of the park or just behind a lone striker and Benitez feels his versatility and spark could vastly improve Liverpool's attacking armoury.

Aimar poised for Liverpool transfer

Fans FC

Liverpool have been given the green-light to lodge a bid for
Pablo Aimar.

The skilful Argentine playmaker has been made available for transfer from Valencia, after being reduced to nothing more than a bit-part role under coach Quique Flores recently.

Reds manager Rafael Benitez is a huge fan of Aimar having worked with him at the Mestalla, and has been monitoring his situation ever since arriving at Anfield.

A bid of as little as £5million may succeed in bringing the player to Merseyside, just a fraction of the £14million River Plate received for him five years ago.

Liverpool in talks with midfielder

Clubcall Sports

Clubcall understands that Liverpool are in talks with Fulham midfielder Steed Malbranque over a proposed summer move to Anfield.

The 26-year-old playmaker has only 12 months remaining on his current deal and it is believed Fulham are reluctantly ready to listen to offers for the player.

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has been tracking the Belgian born star for over a year and could test Fulham's resolve with a bid in the region of £3.5million.

Malbranque has been one of Fulham's most influential players since his transfer from Lyon in 2001, and his free scoring exploits from midfield have netted him 31 goals from 169 appearances.

However, Liverpool will face stiff competition for the player's signature as Manchester City are also keen on the schemer.

Marseille in for outbound Cisse

By James Carroll - Shankly Gates

Liverpool are in negotiations with Marseille over Djibril Cisse, the Liverpool Echo reports. The Reds are hoping to raise as much as £8m from the sale of the French international.

Cisse was told by Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez that he is not in his future plans at the club and Marseille, the club he supported as a boy, have opened dialogue with the Reds.

Despite netting 19 goals last season, including three in cup finals, Benitez has never taken to Cisse and his departure will come as no great surprise, just like that of Fernando Morientes to Valencia. Gerard Houllier's Lyon are also interested.

Meanwhile, Monaco are reportedly hoping to snap-up another Frenchman set for an Anfield exit. It's thought that they are ready to launch a bid for Djimi Traore.

Wigan Athletic are keen on goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, who spent last season on-loan at West Bromwich Albion.

£9.5million Bent set for Liverpool move?

Fans FC
Just a season after his £3million move to Charlton Athletic from Ipswich Town, Bent’s value has tripled in the transfer market due to his debut Premiership season scoring exploits.

From 36 starts in the league, the striker knocked in 19 goals making him the highest English goalscorer in the country – although this still wasn’t enough for a call-up to the World Cup squad.

The 22-year-old knows he would stand a far better chance playing for one of the country’s top teams, and will no doubt be interested to hear of Liverpool’s interest.

Rafael Benitez is eager to sign a top-class striker this summer as he prepares a bid for the league title, and has earmarked the Addicks star for a £9.5million move to Anfield.

However, the Londoners are desperate to hold onto their top player, with chairman Richard Murray saying: "We are determined to keep him - he's been absolutely great.”

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