Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 23

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2013

Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 23

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    With the opening of the January transfer window just days away, transfer rumours are cranking up regarding Liverpool.

    This week, the Reds have been linked with a number of incoming deals as Brendan Rodgers seeks to maintain the team's top-four push for the season.

    Stay tuned for regular updates regarding the latest transfer news for the Anfield club.

    Last update: Dec. 28

Ashley Cole a Target for Left-Back

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    Metro reports that Liverpool continue to look at Ashley Cole as a serious option for left-back.

    The England international has been out of the side at Chelsea and is out of contract in the summer, with the Reds and Spurs both interested in taking him in January—or at least offering him a deal then.

    Cesar Azpilicueta has been Chelsea's recent left-back, and Liverpool have used both Jon Flanagan and Aly Cissokho in that role recently while Jose Enrique remains sidelined.

Betting Suspended on Salah to Liverpool?

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    David Maddock of Mirror Football reports that Liverpool are close to sealing a £7 million deal for winger Mohamed Salah.

    The Basel winger is an Egyptian international who has impressed in the Champions League this season.

    Oddschanger on Twitter signals that betting has been suspended with some bookmakers on Salah making the switch to Liverpool.

Jorginho Still on the List

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    TalkSPORT reports that Liverpool and Chelsea remain interested in midfielder Jorginho but note that Zenit St. Petersburg are also now in the running.

    £8.5 million is the quoted price to land the Hellas Verona playmaker, who has seven goals this season in Serie A.

    Fiorentina and Arsenal have been linked as well.

Rakitic a Wanted Man

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    Danny Griffiths of Metro reports that Ivan Rakitic is on Liverpool's radar for a January move.

    There are also a few other clubs reported to be monitoring the Croatian midfielder, including Manchester United and Chelsea, with a £7 million move said to be enough to convince Sevilla to sell him.