Liverpool Transfer News: Salomon Kalou and Daniel Agger Moves Ruled Out

Ben Blackmore@@Blackmore_BRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2014

LILLE, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 03:  Salomon Kalou of Lille in action during the French Ligue 1 match between OSC Lille and AS Monaco at the Grand Stade Metropole Villeneuve-d'Ascq on November 3, 2013 in Lille, France.  (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)
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Expectations of a revolving door at Liverpool this winter have been dashed after transfers involving Salomon Kalou and Daniel Agger were ruled out.

Brendan Rodgers had been linked to former Chelsea star Kalou by Mirror Football, but Lille president Michel Seydoux says even an enormous offer would likely fail.

Seydoux spoke to RMC (h/t Ian Holyman of ESPN FC):

"At 87 million euros, perhaps he might go. And even then only maybe. Salomon is part of the project, in the plans. We need him. I don't want him to go and he wants to stay."

LILLE, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 03:  Salomon Kalou of Lille (C) misses a chance on goal under pressure from Eric Abidal of Monaco (L) during the French Ligue 1 match between OSC Lille and AS Monaco at the Grand Stade Metropole Villeneuve-d'Ascq on November 3, 20
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Seydoux’s quotes are just about as categorical as any Lille fan could wish for, so it can safely be assumed that any moves for Kalou this window will fall on deaf ears.

Arsenal had also been linked to the forward, but Matt Hughes of the Times does not expect any developments:

Lille are currently third in Ligue 1, four points off top spot. Kalou is their top scorer in league competition, netting six times.

His suitability to Liverpool is justifiable, given that he is capable of playing anywhere across a front three, boasting good technical dribbling skills.

However, Rodgers is setting a high standard at Anfield. He has Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho as his first-choice attack, so any new arrival needs to be good enough to compete.

Kalou is not that man. He has to be considered a Chelsea reject, given that the Blues never truly found a regular starting place for him, and other names linked to Liverpool—such as Cristian Tello, per James Gheerbrant of The Independent—represent better options for the Merseyside club.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Daniel Agger of Liverpool moves away from Robert Koren of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Hull City at Anfield on January 1, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/G
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Another man who won’t be moving this January is Agger, who has been linked to a reunion with former boss Rafa Benitez at Napoli, per Andy Hunter of The Guardian.

Agger has had his injury problems this term and is currently sidelined by a calf problem. He has also had to sit on the bench while Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel form a bond at the heart of the Reds’ defence.

Nevertheless, Agger has a strong mentality and is happy to fight for his place, telling Danish publication Jyllands-Posten (via Ejder Akbal of Sky Sports):

I'm not thinking about moving at the moment, not at all.

I've only seen what the papers say and I can't really do anything about it. There is no reason to believe these rumours.

Agger remains vice captain at Liverpool, and he scored in their last outing, a 2-0 win over Hull City.

When fully fit, he is still considered a key part of Rodgers' first-team plans, and the Reds would be best advised to retain a player who has shown on numerous occasions he is prepared to react in the right way when dropped from the team.