Liverpool Transfer Rumors: Latest Buzz on Clint Dempsey, Ibrahim Afellay & More

Alex KayCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2012

TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 3:  Clint Dempsey #8 of USA against Canada during their international friendly match on June 3, 2012 at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Liverpool is working hard to overhaul their side this summer and is now being linked to a number of extremely skilled players that would bring a fresh look to its stagnant attack.

The Reds have been struggling to get back on top of the English Premier League and will likely be highly involved in the transfer market to make that happen.

Manager Brendan Rodgers should be given a sizable amount of finances to work with by club owners at Fenway Sports Group, as there are a number of solid pieces rumored to be available at the right cost.

Let’s take a look at some of the latest chatter on who might be joining Anfield.


Clint Dempsey

The American international is “rumored” to being linked with Liverpool, but Rodgers has actually come out and said that he asked Fulham what it would take to sign Dempsey.

However, what makes this rumor interesting is that word out of Craven Cottage is that they haven’t heard a single offer from any club.

“"We have received no offers from any club for Clint Dempsey," a Fulham spokesperson told the Guardian. "We would discourage any club from making a bid for him.”

The 29-year-old midfielder has just a single year left on his contract and highly desires playing at a more competitive club in the EPL. He’s liable to walk away for nothing after next season, which is why Fulham should be interested in selling him off.

Rodgers claimed to have contacted Fulham manager Ian Ayre about his position on Dempsey and talks should certainly be ongoing.


Ibrahim Afellay

The Barcelona playmaker has only managed to see the pitch in eight contests during his season and a half with the club.

Since the Dutch national has fallen out of favor and is easily replaceable by the La Liga powerhouse, it’s highly likely that another club signs him away this summer, and Liverpool is interested.

According to talkSPORT, Afellay was informed by Barca that he wouldn’t be a factor for its side this year and he should seek a transfer.

He would be a great fit with the Reds, as he could make things happen up front and create a lot of chances for the team to score.

That is something that the squad had trouble with last season and could easily improve on with the Dutchman’s support.