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Reds to return for Simao

By Francisco Acedo - Sky Sports

Rick Parry has confirmed that Liverpool are likely to launch another offensive for Benfica winger Simao Sabrosa in the January transfer window.

The Reds came close to landing the Portugal international on transfer deadline day and had agreed a fee in the region of 10 million for the former Barcelona star.

However, although the player had boarded a plane for England to discuss terms, Benfica had a last-minute change of heart and decided to pull the plug on the deal.

Rafa Benitez is known to still be in the market for a right-sided midfielder and Parry conceded that Simao's excellent display against Manchester United on Tuesday night - in which he scored a stunning free kick - had not gone unnoticed at Anfield.

"He is a great player and we need more like him," Parry told O Jogo.

"I did not see the Manchester United - Benfica game, but I heard about his great goal and excellent performance.

"Simao is confirming that he is a great player."

When quizzed whether Liverpool would be moving for him in January, he continued: "We have still not definitively decided, but it is an interesting option for us.

"We need a player with his characteristics.

"I don't know if Benfica are willing to let him go, but we can talk."

Meanwhile, reports in Spain are claiming that Liverpool are plotting a move for another right winger, Real Betis star Joaquin.

The 24-year-old has oft been linked to The Premiership with Manchester United and Chelsea long-term admirers of the flying wide man.

However, neither club could prise him from the Seville-based outfit and ultimately moved for differing targets, Cristiano Ronaldo and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

It is claimed that Liverpool are now preparing to test Betis' resolve and invited the player's agent Gonzalo Arguinano to Anfield for their UEFA Champions League clash with Chelsea in midweek.

Joaquin's release fee stands at some 60 million (40 million) but sources insist an offer in the region of 16 million could persuade Los Verdiblancos to do business.

Any move in January is likely to rely heavily on how Betis fare in the Champions League and, given that they are involved in Group G along with Liverpool and Chelsea, The Reds will have a big say in that.

Parry's comments, though, appear to suggest that Simao remains Benitez's priority.

Liverpool linked with Ferdinand

Kop Talk

Liverpool are reportedly monitoring West Ham centre-back Anton Ferdinand with a view to making a bid for the player's services.

The 20-year-old Hammer's graduate, who can also play as a right-back, signed professional terms at Upton Park in the same week his older brother Rio completed his record-breaking move to Manchester United and he's continued to make noteable progress ever since.

Manchester United and Arsenal have previously been linked with the player who is comfortable on the ball, quick and a good reader of the game.

Thor Zakariassen