open door for Anelka
Liverpool are locked in an increasingly bitter war over the future of
Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes, despite the player’s demands to be
allowed to move to Anfield.
Anfield boss Rafael Benitez is believed to have increased his bid for the
28 year-old striker to £5m (€7m).
But that still appears to be not enough for the Spanish giants, who want
£7m (€10m) before allowing the hitman to leave.
The deadlocked situation has raised the prospect of Manchester City’s
Nicolas Anelka being a shock Anfield target.
Sources in France today claim there has been an approach from Liverpool
and discussions on a three-year contract have taken place.
Lyon have also entered the race for Morientes and the situation has become
increasingly complicated by the fact that Real sacked coach Mariano Garcia
New appointment Wanderley Luxemburgo seems likely to want to sign Brazil’s
latest striking sensation, Robinho.
That would push Morientes even further down the pecking order, but the
appointment of a new manager could delay a decision on the Spanish
international, who has been top of Benitez’s shopping lit for weeks.
Benitez’s increased bid and Morientes’ demand that he be allowed to move
to Merseyside seem to have been lost on the Madrid powerbrokers.
Liverpool will not pay £7m for Morientes, but may be prepared to give
Manchester City £6m for Anelka, who had a short spell at Anfield under
Anelka is only 24 and would be of more immediate benefit to Liverpool
because he could play in the Champions League for them.
Liverpool also refuse, point blank, to allow a first option clause on
Steven Gerrard to be part of any negotiations for Morientes.
Saints poised to move for Liverpool pair
By David Prior - Daily Post Staff
Southampton are lining up a swoop for out-of-favour Liverpool pair Igor
Biscan and Stephane Henchoz.
Saints chairman Rupert Lowe met to discuss the duo with Anfield officials
after the club's 1-0 defeat to the Merseysiders on Tuesday.
Harry Redknapp is expecting to have some money to spend in the transfer
window with striker James Beattie's imminent departure likely to bring in
He is hoping to bring in at least three or four new players to bolster the
south coast club's chances in their likely relegation battle, and sees the
experienced Anfield duo as ideal targets.
Both Biscan and Henchoz are out of contract at the end of the season and
Liverpool may be willing to offload them for a small fee now rather than
let them go on a Bosman free next summer.
Depending on interest from other clubs, however, Southampton may even be
able to procure the pair for nothing now.
Neither player has enjoyed a fruitful time under Rafael Benitez.
Reds may swoop
By Chris Bascombe - Liverpool Echo
Rafa Benitez is considering a January swoop for Valencia defender
The Argentinian has been granted a free transfer from the Mestalla club
having lost his place under Claudio Ranieri.
Pellegrino was a mainstay in Benitez's title winning side last year. Now
33, any move to Liverpool is likely to be as cover for Sami Hyypia and
With Swiss veteran Stephane Henchoz likely to leave, probably to
Manchester City, in January, Benitez will be short of options at
Benitez is still hopeful of signing Real Madrid striker Fernando
Morientes, but reports of an imminent bid for Pablo Aimar are wide of the
Aimar issued a come and get me plea to his former boss, but Benitez's
priority is elsewhere.
Benitez keen on Aimar
By Graeme Bailey - Planet Football/Sky Sports
Claudio Ranieri insists he wants to keep Pablo Aimar, after Liverpool
enquired about his availability.
The Argentine star was signed by Reds boss Rafael Benitez during his time
with Los Ches.
Now it is understood that Benitez would like to sign Aimar once again.
Aimar is not considered a certain starter for Valencia, having made
several appearances from the bench already this season and he is becoming
The Argentine is an undoubted talent and, like so many before him, and no
doubt many who will follow, was heralded as the new 'Diego Maradona' upon
his arrival in Europe.
He has not fulfilled his full potential so far, but he is still regarded
as one of the most dangerous players in the world.
Aimar would no doubt relish the chance to link up with Benitez at Anfield,
but even the interest in the Argentine would lead to suggestions about the
future of some of Benitez's current squad - particularly captain Steven
However, Ranieri has issued a swift rebuttal of the rumours - insisting he
wants Aimar to stay.
"Aimar is a very important player for us and I do not believe that there
is a desire to leave Valencia," said Ranieri.
Aimar's representatives, including Gustavo Mascardi, are planning a visit
to Valencia to meet with the club's president Juan Bautista Soler.
It is thought that if no assurances are given that Aimar will feature more
prominently in the starting XI, then the player will look for a summer
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is in the market for another defender
according to newspaper reports in England today.
It is claimed that David Cortes, of Real Mallorca and Pablo Ibáñez of
Atlético Madrid are under consideration.
Meanwhile Newcastle United winger Lauren Robert is also linked with us
again today with the tabloids suggesting that Rafa is interested in
signing him on loan until the end of the season.
PSG linked with Dudek
Reports originating from France claim that Paris Saint Germain are
interested in signing Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek.
The French outfit are under pressure to strengthen in that position and
it's no secret that Dudek is unsettled. Lionel Letizi is out of contract
in the summer has rejected a new new contract offer while number two
Jerome Alonzo is reportedly looking for a move to England.
However Rafael Benitez would prefer it if the Polish international would
stay at the club. It's highly unlikely that he would allow Dudek to leave
bid £3.5m for Morientes
BBC Sport Online
Liverpool are believed to have tabled a £3.5m bid for Real Madrid
striker Fernando Morientes.
Boss Rafael Benitez wants Morientes to strengthen his team, with Djibril
Cisse out for the season with a broken leg.
BBC Sport understands that Liverpool have been told to double their bid
for the 28-year-old Spanish international.
Morientes, who has lost his place at the Bernabeu following the arrival of
former Liverpool striker Michael Owen, is also wanted by Monaco.
Liverpool believe Morientes is keen to move to Merseyside and hope a
compromise deal of £5m can be agreed.
Morientes said: "To play for Liverpool would please any player and in Rafa
Benitez they have a technical coach who I have always appreciated.
"But there are a lot of things to sort out. I haven't spoken directly with
Benitez but I know Liverpool want me."
Morientes was the top scorer in last season's Champions League while he
was on loan at Monaco.
However, on his return to the Bernabeu he has found himself behind Raul,
Ronaldo and Owen in the pecking order.
Morientes was thought to favour a permanent move to Monaco but he admits
that now looks unlikely.
"I had a good time in Monaco last season but I have not heard anything
from them lately," he said.
"My situation is difficult but Madrid know they must do something about
launch Morientes bid'
BBC Sport Online
Liverpool may launch an £8m January bid for long-time target Fernando
Morientes, according to reports.
The Real Madrid striker has been linked with a move to Anfield since the
summer and is currently behind Raul, Ronaldo and Michael Owen at the
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is keen to bolster his forward options with
Djibril Cisse out until next season.
"If there is an attractive propostition it could be I would be keen to
leave," admitted the 28-year-old Morientes.
He added: "Unfortunately, I'm not in control of the situation. I'm under
contract to Real and they will make any decisions."
The fee could put Liverpool off a prospective deal but Real are keen to
net the cash as they are reported to be preparing a massive summer bid for
Inter Milan striker Adriano.
The Reds are currently sixth in the Premiership, 15 points behind leaders
Rafa upping Moro chase
By Paul Higham - Planet Football/Sky Sports
Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes is still high on Liverpool's
wanted list for January.
Rafa Benitez is desperate to bring in new players during the winter
transfer window, especially to bolster his depleted ranks of attackers.
The Reds' 1-1 draw with Portsmouth on Tuesday illustrated the need for
more firepower after they missed a host of chances to kill off the game
before being stung with a late leveller.
Injuries have not helped the Spanish coach, but it is still apparent that
he needs more options, and Morientes continues to be on that list.
Manchester City marksman Nicolas Anelka has been linked with a possible
return to Anfield, but Benitez is still keen on Morientes.
The Spain international is spending far too much time warming the Bernabeu
bench for his liking, and he wants to leave the Spanish capital.
Florentino Perez knows that 'El Moro' is way down the pecking order, but
is reluctant to allow him to leave on the cheap, or on loan.
Morientes spent the season on loan at Monaco last term and would welcome a
return, but it now seems as though he would favour The Premiership.
Spanish media sources suggest that Morientes would like to link up with
Benitez at Anfield, and that the only sticking point would be the price
Benitez will be assessing his options with the winter transfer window fast
approaching, but it seems Morientes is high on his wanted list.
linked with Leeds keeper
Scott Carson is a target for Reds boss Rafael Benitez in the January
19-year-old Carson broke into the Leeds first team last season and
impressed many people with his assured displays despite the Whites poor
The England under-21 international has had to play second fiddle to Neil
Sullivan during the current campaign and has yet to be offered a contract
extension to his current deal which runs out at the end of the season.
Leeds are looking to sell Carson in the January transfer window although
they would get compensation for him if he left at the end of the season.
With Jerzy Dudek still keen to leave in order to protect his international
place, Carson would be an ideal understudy to Chris Kirkland at Anfield.
rumours linger over Liverpool
By Rich Middleton - LFC Online
Deportivo La Coruna defender Cesar has been rumoured to be a target for
The Spanish defender has admitted that he is tempted by a move to England,
and is rumoured to be under the watchful eye of bosses at Anfield and
Graeme Souness at St. James Park.
With 18 months left on his contract, Depor are currently in the process of
persuading Cesar to sign another contract, but bosses at St James' Park
are apparently hopeful of scuppering Depor's plans and bringing the
defender to England in the January transfer window.
A move by Liverpool to also attract the defender would then be likely, it
Cesar said: "My priority is Depor, that's my home, but for any footballer
the English league is very attractive. You have confidence in your own
ability but anyone would be flattered to know that they are focusing on
you for your good displays. Obviously I'm flattered that English teams are
looking at me.
He added: "We are in the middle of the season and the truth is that it is
not something I'm thinking about, but I'm encouraged by the interest of
prepared to let Kewell leave on a free
The Sunday Mirror today claims that Liverpool will consider off-loading
Harry Kewell on a free transfer as early as next month in an attempt to
get him off the wage bill due to his huge £65,000 per week wages.
Although Kewell has been a flop since his Hollywood-style transfer to
Anfield from Elland Road, the club would look to recoup as much money as
they could for the Aussie winger if they made him available so letting him
leave on a free just wouldn't make sense.
Kewell desperately needs a rest because of his injury problems but as Rafa
has a light squad, the chances of that happening just now are extremely
Liverpool are reportedly trying to negotiate a swap deal that would see
El-Hadji Diouf join Bolton permanently and Ivan Campo move to Anfield.
Diouf, who has been on loan at The Reebok Stadium since the summer, is
serving a three-game ban after admitting spitting at Portsmouth's Arjan de
Zeeuw last weekend.
Reds manager Rafael Benitez has already hinted he does not want Diouf back
at Anfield in light of his latest indiscretion and given the fact that he
has badly underachieved since his £10m move from Lens 18 months ago.
The striker is thought to be available for as little as £500,000, though
Benitez is known to be keen on Campo and is considering a cash-plus-player
deal which could see Diouf and £600,000 head to The Reebok in exchange for
the former Spain international.
The 30-year-old former Real Madrid player is one of the star performers at
Bolton and although he operates largely in midfield at The Reebok, Benitez
would like Campo to arrive as cover for central defence.
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce would be loathe to lose Campo, and would like
the player to see out his contract at The Reebok which lasts until 2006.
However, Campo favours a move to Liverpool to play under Benitez and a
deal could be struck when the transfer window reopens in January if the
Spaniard presses ahead with his desire to move to Anfield.
Liverpool, who have put a striker at the top of their wish-list in
January, will have limited funds at their disposal if they push through a
loan deal, as expected, for Fernando Morientes.
Therefore a move for Campo would be seen as well within their budget and
would give Benitez the cover he requires for Sami Hyypia and Jamie
Liverpool have been linked with a possible January move for Bayern
Leverkusen's Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov.
Emil Dantchev, the agent of the 23-year-old hitman, claims that Liverpool
have made enquiries about the player and that talks about his future will
be held following Bayer Leverkusen's UEFA Champions League fixture against
Dynamo Kiev next week.
Dantchev said: "The Liverpool interest is not from yesterday (isn't new).
Anyway, I have not been informed by Bayer of any offer for my client.
"I have an appointment with the representatives of the club after the
Dynamo Kiev match to make a decision on Dimitar's future."