Transfer season is upon us.
With just two and a half weeks to go until the January transfer window swings open, rumors are heating up. There are a host of players linked with a Liverpool move and a few mooted for an Anfield exit.
Last week, I suggested five players that Liverpool fans would love to see arrive at Anfield in January. Now, here are a few of the latest transfer rumors surrounding the Reds.
First on our list is Joe Cole, who scored in Liverpool’s recent win against West Ham last Sunday.
It’s common knowledge that Cole faces a fight for his place in Brendan Rodgers’ team, and the coach himself revealed that he is assessing the midfielder’s future game by game (ESPN).
With a host of midfielders at the club and with Cole on hefty wages, it would take a few quite special performances from the No. 10, on loan with Lille last season, to convince Rodgers to keep him on board.
A few months on, he has shown signs of his ability with three goals scored from midfield, but he has also struggled in recent weeks and finds himself further away from the first team than ever since Lucas’ return from injury.
While Sahin is on a one-year loan spell at Anfield, that hasn’t stopped speculation on his eventual destination after his stay at Liverpool is up: Will he return to Madrid or sign permanently for Liverpool?
Or will he go back to Borussia Dortmund?
Dortmund’s chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, has recently signaled his interest in re-signing Sahin (Goal.com). Watch this space.
With 10 goals scored for an underachieving Newcastle side sitting 14th in the Premier League, Demba Ba has naturally commanded a lot of attention.
Given Anzhi’s financial muscle and Ba’s reported wage demands, though, Liverpool could well lose the battle for the Senegalese forward.
He is currently the league’s top scorer, having already notched 12 goals. Given Liverpool’s lack of goals outside of Luis Suarez, he is an unsurprising rumored target for Brendan Rodgers (Metro).
Quite how willing Michael Laudrup would be to let him go, however, is a whole different story.
Amidst reports linking Pepe Reina with a move away from Anfield (BBC Sport), other candidates are being put forth as potential replacements for Liverpool’s No. 1 keeper.
One of them is Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic (Sky Sports), who has impressed with several top-quality displays in the Potters goal and as part of a resolute Stoke defence that has kept eight clean sheets in just 16 games this season.
That Theo Walcott’s contract will expire in the summer is common knowledge.
But the latest twist in the Arsenal forward's contract saga involves Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United, who, according to the Daily Mail, have jumped ahead of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in the queue for his signature.
At a reported £8 million, Walcott would be an excellent midseason option for Rodgers, but he will have to step up his pursuit if he is to run into any luck on this front.
Let go from Anfield in the summer of 2011, Thomas Ince is now on the verge of a big-money return to Liverpool this January, according to the Daily Mail.
Kenny Dalglish let Ince leave for Blackpool, where he has since impressed pundits with a string of outstanding performances.
Brendan Rodgers now looks to seal his return for a reported £6 million, where he will presumably join Raheem Sterling in one of the most exciting young forward partnerships in England.
Also in the Daily Mail report quoted in the last slide is news of Daniel Sturridge’s impending transfer to Liverpool.
First linked with the Reds when Chelsea were bidding for Fernando Torres back in January 2011 (Goal.com), then again toward the end of this summer’s transfer window (ESPNSoccernet), Sturridge now looks to be inching closer to a move to Anfield.
He would add flair, swagger, pace and finishing to a forward line heavily reliant on Suarez.
More exciting still for Liverpool fans are the recent rumors linking Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez with a loan move to Anfield (Daily Mirror).
Having made waves across Europe during his spell with Udinese, Sanchez has found first-team chances at Camp Nou hard to come by.
It’s most definitely a long shot, but we can already imagine how the Kop would bounce if the Chilean star did arrive at Anfield.
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