Liverpool Winter Transfer Rumours Roundup: Carragher Out, Sturridge In?

Dusan LucicCorrespondent IIDecember 23, 2012

Liverpool Winter Transfer Rumours Roundup: Carragher Out, Sturridge In?

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    The January transfer window is only a couple of weeks away, and every rumour has gotten a new meaning nowadays.

    As always, a plethora of players have been linked with a move to Liverpool, while reports of a seasoned veteran leaving the club have also surfaced.

    Which players could join the Merseysiders? Does Jamie Carragher still have a future in Liverpool?

    Continue reading and find out the latest Liverpool transfer news and rumours.

Daniel Sturridge to Finally Complete His Move to Liverpool

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    BBC revealed that the Chelsea forward is closing in on a £12 million move to Liverpool, after falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

    Brendan Rodgers is desperate to add more fire power to his attack and has identified Daniel Sturridge as the perfect man to boost the Merseysiders' options in attack.

    Also, it should not be forgotten that Liverpool were close to signing the Chelsea hitman back in August, but the player himself demanded a permanent move and the Reds weren't ready to offer more than just a loan deal.

    Daniel Sturridge should reportedly undergo a medical at Melwood training ground, but Liverpool cannot officially sign any player until the winter transfer window opens in January.

Tom Ince Deal Hits Snag

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    The Guardian reported that Liverpool looked to have secured the re-signing of Tom Ince from Blackpool last week, but, according to Goal.com, Blackpool manager Michael Appleton has come out and denied such allegations. 

    Appleton also revealed that Liverpool's offer is not substantial and that the Reds will have to break the bank if they want to sign their former youth player (via Goal.com):

    I think there's been a conversation between [chairman] Karl Oyston and Liverpool about an offer.

    But as far as I'm aware, it's way below the type of money we'd expect for someone of Tom's talent.

    Ince joined the Seasiders from Liverpool just 18 months ago and has established himself as one of the best players in the Championship this season, scoring 13 goals in 21 appearances.

Andy Carroll Could Return to Anfield Sooner Than Expected

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    Goal.com understands that West Ham are preparing to send Andy Carroll back to Liverpool due to the striker's constant fitness problems and failure to cement a first-team place.

    Even though the Hammers agreed a season-long loan deal for Carroll, the West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is looking increasingly more likely to send the player back to Anfield and here's why: Carroll scored only one goal for the Hammers so far, and his £90,000-a-week salary represents a huge unnecessary burden for the club.

    Allardyce is reportedly looking to cut out needless spending in the upcoming months and Carroll could be the first victim of the Hammers' budget reorganisation.

    Liverpool don't want him, West Ham don't need him. Where will Carroll end up?

Jamie Carragher to Call It a Day at the End of the Season

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    Goal.com has reported that Jamie Carragher has confessed this might be his last season at the club since no talks over a contract renewal have taken place, even though his current contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

    Furthermore, the Liverpool defender, who is already 34 years old, was quoted as saying that he wouldn't join any other club in the world, thus encouraging rumours of his retirement.

    Here's what Carragher had to say:

    There is a chance that I will retire at the end of the season.

    It is the last season of my contract and the club have not said anything to me yet.

    I am open-minded, but I would not play on if I was killing the team when I played. I would not be hanging on for money or anything.

    And I would not go anywhere else. It is Liverpool or nothing for me.

    The Liverpool veteran is a prime example of a one-club player, having started his career in Liverpool back in 1996 without ever leaving the club.

    Carragher also made his 717th appearance for the Merseysiders in the comprehensive 4-0 win over Fulham on Saturday.

Theo Walcott to Liverpool Looking More Likely Each Day

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    Even though there were plenty of rumours linking Theo Walcott with a January switch to Anfield, Arsene Wenger had already declared over a month ago that the player won't be leaving the club until the end of the season, as reported by the Daily Mail.

    Walcott's contract expires at the end of the season, and Wenger is reluctant to offer him a £100,000-a-week contract that he is demanding, fueling rumours of a possible switch to Liverpool.

    However, Wenger is confident he can get Walcott to sign a new contract (via the Daily Mail):

    Will he stay until the end of the season? Yes.

    Wenger added: "We continue (talks) in a positive way. We have until the end of December to sort this out."

    It is now almost the end of December and Walcott still hasn't signed a contract renewal with Arsenal. Could he be on his way to Liverpool in January?

     

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