3 Rumoured Transfer Targets Liverpool Probably Won't Sign in January

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2013

3 Rumoured Transfer Targets Liverpool Probably Won't Sign in January

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    Despite the transfer window still being six weeks from opening, plenty of rumours have started up surrounding Liverpool already.

    As is usual for the time preceding a flurry of activity, most rumours which surface will simply fade away, the club will turn to other targets or they were never realistic scenarios in the first place.

    Here are three of the latest rumoured players who probably won't be playing at Anfield any time soon.

Jackson Martinez, Porto

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    ESPN reports that the Reds, along with Chelsea and Spurs, are on stand-by to sign Colombian striker Jackson Martinez from FC Porto.

    The forward has produced an enviable goals tally over the past few seasons, but his massive expected transfer fee coupled with his age of 27 and the number of other clubs interested means this is probably a non-starter.

    Liverpool might well need a third top-class striker if they continue with two playing up front, but don't expect it to be Martinez.

Diego Capel, Sporting Lisbon

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    John Cross of Mirror Football reports that Diego Capel is available for a £5 million transfer and that Liverpool are interested—making it a world record* nine hundredth transfer window in a row that the former Sevilla winger has been linked to the Reds.

    Capel is a technically gifted wide man who can beat his opposite number with skill and stepovers, but hard work, great pace or a reliable end product has never exactly been uppermost in his repertoire.

    He's also almost exclusively a wide player, which would not offer Rodgers the tactical flexibility which most of his signings bring.

    It's hard to see this deal finally coming off after many years of the same name being linked, and it's not exactly one which should be high on the Reds' priorities.

    *May not actually be a world record

Dennis Aogo, Hamburger SV

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    Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express reports that Dennis Aogo is a target for Liverpool.

    The left-back is currently on loan at Schalke from parent club Hamburg, with the report indicating he may be for sale for around £2.5 million.

    Aogo has proven himself a capable attacking full-back, but he is neither a giant step up in quality from the options Liverpool already have in the role, nor is he a long-term option for significant improvement, as he turns 27 in the new year.

    His loan at Schalke is also a season-long one, making it unlikely he will move in a couple of months.

    It could well be that the Reds look to the Bundesliga for their next left-back—but Ricardo Rodriguez or Bastian Oczipka, rather than Aogo, would be the more likely options.