Liverpool Transfer Gossip Roundup: Nuri Sahin, Three Strikers and the Kids
Fresh from their first Premier League win of the season, a 5-2 thumping of Norwich City, Liverpool's name has been in plenty of the world's media early this week—being linked with a number of transfers in January and beyond.
Brendan Rodgers has been able to supplement his thin-looking first-team squad by utilising a number of talented youngsters from the under-21s and under-19s teams in recent weeks.
Andre Wisdom and Suso both made their full Premier League debuts for the club, whilst a number of others, including the youngest player in the Reds' history, Jerome Sinclair, have also featured.
Here are the latest players being linked with Liverpool transfers.
Brendan Rodgers Would Love to Make Nuri Sahin Permanent Deal
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Nuri Sahin has been one of Liverpool's standout performers from the back-to-back victories over West Brom and Norwich, and in his four games for Liverpool has now scored three goals and claimed three assists.
The Daily Mirror has manager Brendan Rodgers admitting that he would love to take Sahin on a permanent deal—the Turkish midfielder is currently on a one-year loan—but that there was no guarantee of that happening.
Sahin has added a real creative edge to the centre of the park for Liverpool and, only a few games into the season, already shows signs of getting back to his best Dortmund form after a year spent largely on the sidelines at Real Madrid.
Llorente in Argument with Club
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Athletic Bilbao's striker, Fernando Llorente, is one of the most in-demand players in Europe, having told his club he is unlikely to sign a new contract—with his present one expiring next summer.
It seems now that a January exit is almost certain for the Basque forward, who GiveMeFootball.com report walked out of training after an argument with his manager, Marcelo Bielsa.
Juventus and Arsenal are thought to be monitoring the European Championship winner, but the report also has Liverpool as one of the interested parties, with the club having failed to replace outgoing striker Andy Carroll in August.
Demba Ba Another Striker in Rodgers' Sights
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Newcastle United's Demba Ba is well-known to have a release clause in his current contract which allows him to leave the club in January for a fee of around £7 million.
Ba scored 16 goals from 32 starts in the league last season, and this campaign has started superbly for the striker, who has six goals in five starts and one substitute appearance.
Metro.co.uk believe the striker to be wanting excessive wages from his current club to renew his deal, and that Liverpool are looking to bring the forward to the club.
The same report also mentions that Andy Carroll could again head the opposite way, with the Magpies considering a new bid for him.
Theo Walcott to Be Given Striker Role He Craves
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The Gunners winger has been in and out of the starting XI this season, and with only a year left on his deal, has given no assurances yet that he will sign a new contract.
Walcott has been known to want to move to a regular striker role instead of playing from the right side, and perhaps in January he will be tempted to switch clubs in order to secure the position he wants the most.
The Best News Yet: New Deals on the Table for Brendan's Boys
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Perhaps most importantly for Liverpool's immediate and long-term future is the retention of the youngsters who have made such an impressive impact on the first team in recent weeks.
To that end, the Mirror report that the club is ready to open contract negotiations with defender Andre Wisdom, playmaker Suso and attacker Raheem Sterling, with the aim of tying them all to long-term deals.
Kopites will be hoping that Liverpool also tie up a new contract in short order for one of their more established stars in particular—Daniel Agger.