Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Calling Fact or Fiction on Carroll, Dempsey and More
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Liverpool's transfer speculation has been kicked up a notch in the last week after the club announced the signing of AS Roma forward Fabio Borini as announced by Liverpool on their official site LFC.tv.
Borini's signing means at least one rumor about the club was true this summer and further ignites the transfer mill with more fuel to its fire this summer.
The Reds have multiple players, both young and old, that are linked to the club as well as being rumored to leave.
With at least one having now proven to be true, Red's fans can only hope the good ones are true and the poor ones are false as we take a look at Liverpool's biggest names in the news now.
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Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has been linked with moves all over the place in the last seven days. The Guardian has linked him with multiple clubs with separate notice being given to both AC Milan and Fulham respectively.
The truth of the matter is the fact that it really doesn't do the Reds much good to send the big man packing just yet, unless they nail down a new striker aside from Borini.
When it came down to it, at the end of last season, Carroll stood and delivered for the club in a desperate attempt to finally get the critics off his back. Had the Red's lifted the FA Cup, which could have happened if goal line technology had been in place for Carroll's disallowed header, he may have done just that.
The problem is he did not and it once again left many feeling that he may just not be good enough. Once again, he proved he was beginning to find his potential with a beautiful strike at the European Championship for England, assisted by his national and domestic captain, Steven Gerrard.
If Carroll goes, who is going to be Liverpool's option if or when either Luis Suarez or Fabio Borini get injured and have to miss time?
All that is left is possibly Bellamy to come lead the line, but he runs out of gas at the 70th minute, not because he lacks fitness, but because he busts his rear to give it his all and it taxes his just turned 33-year-old body.
It unfortunately may be fact that Carroll is destined to leave Liverpool with much unfinished business, similar to the fashion in which most recently Robbie Keane did the Tottenham turn around, but it would be better if he stayed until January if the Reds do not buy another striker this summer.
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At 26 years old, Negredo is more experienced and more mature at the position than Carroll who is still learning his trade as well as young 21-year-old recent addition Fabio Borini.
Negredo is also one of the most consistent scorers that has been tracked in La Liga during the last few seasons, and an added 12-14 goals a season to the frontline certainly would not hurt Liverpool.
Here is hoping to fact that the Spaniard is on his way to Anfield.
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However, after the losses of both Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez, if Craig Bellamy were to be sold, it could present a real problem in the wide areas even more so than the club now already faces.
Brendan Rodgers must buy wingers this summer, and the rumors that Bellamy are headed to London or Cardiff are hopefully completely fictitious.
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With a rumored price tag in the range of £15 million, he could be more affordable than many think to the Reds.
Chelsea are also believed to be interested in the player according to the same sources, but the battle for playing time at Stamford Bridge would likely put a move to Anfield the better option for believed exit door aimed Gunner.
This would be a great addition for Liverpool as pace and skill in the wide areas has been a problem for multiple seasons now.
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With the departures of both Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez already complete, and Craig Bellamy being rumored next out of the door as previously discussed, Holtby would have a chance at first team action on Merseyside.
However, it appears that this is more likely fiction than fact as the Reds seemed more focused on our next player of discussion.
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In what is likely his last impending move of a career that has been highlighted with milestones on the road to making Untied States players in England be given their due, Clint Dempsey is believed to be most likely heading to Liverpool.
Although he was quoted in an interview with Sports Illustrated columnist, Grant Whal as being looking for Champions League football, the best he may be able to get is UEFA Europa League action with the Reds.
However, at Liverpool, the right flank is wide open and the 29-year-old could have his best chance to stay in the first team and see European nights if he is moved to Merseyside according to Goal.com.
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Sturridge was a key part of Andre Villas-Boas's first team when the Portuguese manager was at Stamford Bridge. However, since AVB's departure, the youngster has not been able to maintain a first team spot and is likely to look to move on from Chelsea this summer.
With Brendan Rodgers looking to keep scoring young talent, he could be truly tempted to sign the player as the potential future partner with Fabio Borini.
Last season in Greece, the Belgian scored an impressive 20 goals in 25 appearances, however, there is a contrast between the level of play in Greece and England.
Mirallas would likely be a solid signing, but the believed asking price of £10 million could prove more than Brendan Rodgers wants to spend.
However, Rodgers is a fan of molding younger players, and as with his signing of Fabio Borini this past week, he could go for talent over body of work and look to build the player into his system that is in need of players that can play out wide and cut in from the flanks.