Liverpool have already made one marquee move since the January transfer window opener, landing Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea with hopes of boosting the attack. The rumors about more moves on the horizon continue to swirl.
The Reds recovered from a slow start and now sit in eighth place. Since they are only a handful of points outside of the top five, it will be interesting to see if manager Brendan Rodgers feels the need to make another more or two for the second half.
Let's examine some of the latest transfer talk to circulate around Anfield.
Hopes were high for Sahin when he arrived from Real Madrid on loan, but he's struggled to make the type of impact the Reds were expecting. The midfielder hasn't been able to secure a first-team spot, appearing in just seven league matches.
The lack of production is causing Liverpool to consider cutting his loan short, according to John Edwards of the Daily Mail. Borussia Dortmund would consider bringing him back into the fold after he got his start with the German side.
Sahin was never given an opportunity to settle in at Anfield, which would make the decision to move right away a bit of a surprise. He has plenty of talent, but if the Reds aren't going to play him consistently, cutting the loan short is probably the right move.
Astori has improved markedly during his time with Cagliari, so it's not a shock that Premier League squads have started to express interest in the centre-back. That includes Liverpool, even though the back line isn't the biggest area of need.
Simon Jones of the Daily Mail reports the Reds made an offer of £7 million for the Italian, but are quickly falling behind in the sweepstakes. Southampton stepped in with a £9.5 million offer, to become the favorites.
Although spending that type of money on Astori when the club has bigger needs would be a risk, his upside would offset most of it. That said, it's yet to be seen if the Reds will keep up their pursuit or bow out now that the price tag is on the rise.
Another defender that's been linked to Liverpool is Targett. A 17-year-old left-back who's currently making his way through the Southampton system, he's viewed as a rising star and clubs are trying to land him before his market value matches his potential.
Goal.com's Liam Twomey reports the Reds are joined by Chelsea and Arsenal among teams that are tracking his progress with hopes of a potential move. It doesn't sound like a deal for any of the clubs is imminent, however.
These are the type of transfers Liverpool should be looking for throughout January. Not necessarily players who are going to make an immediate impact, but can possess solid value down the line when they are looking to fill a void. They are underrated moves.
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