Liverpool Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumours, Updates and Signings

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistJanuary 28, 2013

Liverpool Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumours, Updates and Signings

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    Liverpool look almost certain to add further numbers to their squad during the January transfer window, but they'll have to move fast to seal any remaining signings before it shuts on Thursday.

    The Reds moved early to bring in Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea, who has since gone on to score three goals in four games, but the only other transfer activity has revolved around outgoings from the club.

    Nuri Sahin ended his loan spell to return to Real Madrid, before moving back to previous club Borussia Dortmund, while Joe Cole completed a free transfer move to his first club West Ham United.

    A few youngsters also left on loan, such as Adam Morgan and Jamie Stephens, but at senior level the club have been rather quiet so far.

    Here's a complete round-up of Liverpool's latest rumours, potential signings and general transfer news.

Reserve Duo off on Loan to Hearts in Scotland

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    Liverpool have loaned two of their younger players off to the Scottish Premier League with Hearts, and both made their debuts on Saturday in the Scottish Communities League Cup semifinal.

    Reserve defender Danny Wilson is out of contract in the summer with the Reds, and it is likely his spell at Anfield has come to an end.

    Fellow reserve Michael Ngoo, a forward or winger, also made his senior debut for Hearts, playing the full 120 minutes as the semifinal went to extra time.

    The duo combined for a debut goal for Ngoo too; Wilson headed a high ball back across goal to the forward who volleyed in an equaliser.

    The match ended 1-1, and Ngoo also managed to convert his penalty kick in the ensuing shoot-out—Hearts moved into the final after a 5-4 win.

Philippe Coutinho

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    Liverpool have been linked for a couple of weeks with a move for Inter Milan attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, and now it appears that the signing could be very close.

    BBC Sport claim that the two clubs have agreed a deal of around £8.5 million, with Mirror Football correspondent Mina Rzouki reporting that he is set to appear at Melwood for a medical on Monday.

    Update on Coutinho. Several well respected Italian sources report that he will arrive in the UK for a medical with Liverpool.

    — Mina Rzouki (@Minarzouki) January 28, 2013

    Coutinho has long been regarded as one of the world's top prospects, and a move to Liverpool might provide him with the regular football he needs to build on his early promise and fulfil that potential—if he does, then that fee will be regarded as a complete steal.

    He has played once for Brazil and spent last season on loan in La Liga with Espanyol.

Thomas Ince

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    The longest-running transfer saga of January 2013 might well be that of Liverpool tracking Thomas Ince.

    Somewhat mirroring the on-off deal for Charlie Adam from a couple of years back, Blackpool have resisted the advances of the Premier League club to date.

    Latest rumours surround the addition of a third party trying to disrupt the deal, as Reading are prepared to pay the full £8 million asking price, according to Mirror Football.

    Ince has scored 15 goals this season for the Tangerines, and Brendan Rodgers is known to want to increase his options in the final third.

    Should Liverpool sign Coutinho, though, it remains to be seen if the manager believes Ince to be worth the greater outlay that Blackpool are asking for.

Christian Benteke

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    One recent addition to the transfer rumour section as far as Liverpool are concerned is Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.

    The Villa forward scored twice against the Reds in December at Anfield and Mirror Football claim that Liverpool, along with the likes of Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester City, are all considering buying him at the end of the present season.

    His value is estimated to now be at around the £15 million mark, though that might reduce if Villa fail to move away from the relegation battle they are currently in.

    The Belgian international is 22 years old and has won nine caps for his country to date.

Jack Butland

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    As with the situation of Thomas Ince, Liverpool are apparently facing opposition as they consider buying Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland.

    Mirror Football report that Chelsea are now in the market for the England international despite possessing three senior goalkeepers in their present squad, as well as highly-regarded Belgian Thibaut Courtois who is on a long-term loan at Atletico Madrid.

    Butland may be available for transfer for a very low fee, perhaps only £3 million, because of the financial constraints at Birmingham City.

    Merseyside rivals Everton have also been linked with a move for him.