Liverpool Transfers: 7 Big Names Linked to the Reds in the Gossip Columns
Liverpool are six weeks away from being able to reinforce their squad with new signings once the January transfer window opens up, but that hasn't stopped the global media from linking the Anfield club with a whole host of players.
Manager Brendan Rodgers is well aware that the biggest area he needs to strengthen is his forward line, but it's not just strikers and wingers who have been linked with the club recently.
It remains to be seen how much he is given to spend by John Henry and Tom Werner, as well as which players leave the club to make room for new signings, but it is almost certain that the Reds will be active in the window.
Here are the seven top players to have been linked with a transfer to Liverpool over the past week.
Jeffren, Sporting Lisbon
A recent development in the media has seen current Sporting Lisbon winger Jeffren linked with a move to Liverpool.
Jeffren was labelled as a big talent at Barcelona, but it simply hasn't worked out for him yet, and he has struggled to stay fit after a 2011-12 campaign littered with injuries.
Sporting are far from high-flying in the league this season, and Jeffren has featured only intermittently for them. A loan deal with a view to buy is the expected transfer interest according to Metro.
Jeffren certainly has quality but has shown neither the physical resilience nor the technical consistency thus far in his career to think that he could be an immediate answer to some of Liverpool's problems in the final third.
Wilfried Bony, Vitesse Arnhem
The top scorer in Holland, Wilfried Bony, has been linked with Liverpool for some time now.
The Sunday Express sees the striker as the £8 million man that Brendan Rodgers will look to, to bolster his attack and find the goals to aid Luis Suarez.
Bony has hit 14 so far in the Eredivisie in just 13 matches, five ahead of his nearest rival.
Liverpool undoubtedly need someone else in the squad who can contribute goals, but Bony is very much a central striker. With Suarez playing so well from the middle of the Reds' attack, perhaps it is more pertinent, and likely, that Rodgers targets someone who can play from the flanks instead of only central.
Pablo Armero, Udinese
Liverpool have been linked with mainly forwards for the forthcoming window, but there is still every chance that they could look to improve in a few choice other areas of the team.
Jose Enrique has not convinced as the only senior left-back in the Reds squad, having been pushed further forward in recent matches to allow Glen Johnson to continue in defence.
Pablo Armero has featured heavily this season for one of Liverpool's Europa League rivals, Udinese,and is linked with a transfer to both the Reds and Italian side Juventus, for approximately £8 million.
Heung-Min Son, Hamburg
A name Liverpool were linked with looking at a few weeks ago has resurfaced: Heung-Min Son.
£8 million is the price on the head of the Hamburg attacker according to Metro, who report that the South Korean is so far unable to agree a new contract with his club.
Son has hit six goals in the Bundesliga this term in 12 matches, from only 18 shots.
Daniel Sturridge, Chelsea
One of the longest-running transfer sagas in the Premier League is that of the possible move of Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool.
Initially linked with a switch during the summer window, Sturridge instead remained at the London club but rarely figured in the plans of Roberto Di Matteo—but with the Italian manager gone and Rafael Benitez now in place, it remains to be seen how much his situation changes.
Sturridge is a scorer of goals, has pace, good movement and is versatile enough to play from the flank, though it is well documented that he wants more game time centrally.
Mirror Football has claimed that Brendan Rodgers' interest in Sturridge remains, and that he would like to secure his signature as early as possible in the January window.
Theo Walcott, Arsenal
Another like Sturridge who has claimed the Reds' interest for some time now is Arsenal forward Theo Walcott.
His contract is edging closer to expiry with no newly-agreed deal yet in sight at his current club, leading to further speculation that Liverpool are in pole position to sign him—though the Guardian also state that Walcott may be tempted with a move abroad.
Walcott has nine goals this season for the Gunners despite not featuring for them in a central striking role, which he would prefer, on too many occasions and even being demoted to the bench recently.
Both club and player have stated they hope to resolve the contract issue before January—but Liverpool will continue to monitor the situation carefully.
Giuseppe Rossi, Villarreal
Certainly the most naturally talented player on the list and one who has arguably had the biggest impact in his career so far, Giuseppe Rossi is also the least-available player for Brendan Rodgers' team right now.
Not because of a big transfer fee or a team unwilling to sell but because he is injured.
Rossi suffered a second knee ligament injury this year which is due to keep him out until around March 2013, but Metro are reporting that Rodgers may be willing to take a gamble on him returning to good fitness and form for the final part of the season.
Villarreal, Rossi's team, were relegated to the Segunda division last season so are likely to be open to a transfer, though a loan with an option to buy might be the best scenario for the Reds given that Rossi will need to be given time to gain full strength and fitness after his lengthy layoff.
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