Liverpool Transfer Rumours: 10 Biggest Transfer Window Stories This Week
Liverpool need players, of that there is no doubt.
Impressive performances in the Carling and FA Cups haven't drawn attention away from a poor league campaign thus far.
I am just as tired of writing it as people are of hearing it, but Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez alone are not capable of firing Liverpool into the Champions League.
Creativity is still lacking, as is a top finisher that might help the Merseyside club get back to where they need to be both commercially and psychologically.
Winning is a habit, and if Liverpool spend wisely in the summer then they could be a lot further up the table this time next year than they are now.
Here are this weeks latest transfer stories.
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32-year-old midfielder Seydou Keita is approaching the twilight of his career but still has the ability to play at the top level.
Keita is struggling to get regular first team football at Barcelona and stories have emerged linking Liverpool with the Mali international.
The figure mentioned is £2 million which would probably make financial sense for Barcelona given the player's remaining career longevity.
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The Benfica midfielder has reportedly got a £25.1 million buy out clause in his contract.
The article goes on to confirm that there has been no concrete offers as yet for the player.
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Japan International Shinji Kagawa has drawn a lot of attention through his eye catching displays for Borussia Dortmund this season.
Liverpool are reported to be frontrunners in the race for the 22-year-old's signature, but Kagawa himself has suggested he is happy where he is.
Kagawa is believed to be valued at approximately £20 million, but Dortmund are not likely to want to sell.
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I'm not sure when Newcastle signed up to be Liverpool's feeder club, but if the purchases of Jose Enrique and Andy Carroll are anything to go by, the deals are very much hit and miss.
The 30-year-old is apparently out of contract at the end of next season which would give Liverpool some bargaining power if the player fancied the move.
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The article suggests Dalglish has made contact regarding the player and that any further action is not likely to be taken until nearer the end of the current season.
Isla is 23 years old and valued at approximately £12 million.
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PSV striker Kevin Stootman is the latest striker to be linked with a move to Merseyside.
Strootman only signed for PSV in the summer of 2011, but that doesn't seem to be putting Liverpool off making inquiries.
The 22-year-old Strootman is believed to be valued at approximately £12.5 million and has 10 caps for Holland.
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Rumours persist that Luis Suarez may be on his way out of Anfield following the Patrice Evra incident which has taken up much of the headlines over the past six months.
Suarez was forced to apologize for not shaking Evra's hand before the recent clash against Manchester United and speculation has mounted that the player will be sold in the summer to avoid any further negative publicity for the club.
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It's no surprise to see Demba Ba's name brought up again, he was constantly linked with a number of clubs throughout the January window.
Footybible suggests that Liverpool will look to tempt the Senegalese and Newcastle striker to Anfield in the summer and are willing to pay £10 million for his services.
Footybible also states that Dieumerci Mbokani of Anderlecht could be the recipient of a Liverpool offer at the end of the season.
Mbokani is a Congolese International who has scored seven times in ten games for his Belgian club so far this season.
There is no fee mentioned for the player who is 26 years old.
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Caughtoffside are reporting that Liverpool could be looking to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski for £15 million in the summer.
Andy Carroll is yet to really hit the goal trail for Liverpool and Lewandowski could be seen as an ideal player to rotate between Suarez and Carroll.
Liverpool will certainly be active in the transfer market this summer.
Despite speculation and stories, I don't think Andy Carroll will be going anywhere for a good few years yet.
Despite the match ending in a 0-0 draw, Carroll was one of Liverpool's best players in the recent league match up against Tottenham Hotspur, and he only has to have a run of scoring games in order to increase his confidence still further.
I don't think that Dalglish will ignore the fans desire to get another striker in alongside Suarez and Carroll, but the question will be how much money the club decides to spend.
Breaking the bank didn't work out too well last summer, so perhaps the club needs to consider a different approach come summer 2012.
Thanks for reading and be sure to check out my predictions for the Champions League and Europa League placings come the end of the season and my line up of the top 10 Liverpool goalkeepers of all time.
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