Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the Merseyside club have held talks with several players over potential moves to Anfield this January, reports the Metro.
The Reds have been in fine form this season, with Luis Suarez scoring 22 league goals and Daniel Sturridge repaying the manager’s faith in him with another 10 league goals.
But the Liverpool manager is still keen to bring in reinforcements as he targets bringing back Champions League football for next season at Anfield.
Liverpool host Aston Villa at home this weekend, and he has said that the club is working hard on some transfer deals, per the Metro:
We’ve been working on a number of possibilities that could strengthen the team and we have to wait and see how that goes in the next few weeks. The owners of the club have been great and if something is there to be done to improve us then we will do it. We are assessing a whole raft of players and it’s a case of seeing if they are available.
Rodgers and his Liverpool side currently sit in the fourth spot, just four points off third-placed Chelsea, and six points off league leaders Arsenal. The manager knows Liverpool are still within the fringes of the title race and for the first time in five years, are well within the Champions League spots.
The last time they finished in the top four was in 2008-09 when they finished second to Manchester United, under then-manager Rafa Benitez.
The Metro report claims that Rodgers has identified a left-back and a winger as priorities. One winger who could be making his way to Anfield is Italian Antonio Candreva from Lazio, reports Ed Malyon in the Mirror.
The 26-year-old midfielder, says Malyon, is available after Lazio found that the €9 million fee to purchase the player outright is too steep for a player of his age. He is currently co-owned by Lazio and Udinese.
Another player that could be making his way to Anfield is former Arsenal target Yann M’Vila. The Frenchman—who caught the interest of the Gunners in 2012, per Simon Jones in the Daily Mail—is said to be on Rodgers' transfer wish list, says Peter Guy in the Liverpool Echo.
“Liverpool have got the green light to sign Yann M’Vila after the midfielder’s agent admitted he is keen on a move to the Premier League,” reported Guy, via the Metro.
There are also been talk of Liverpool’s reported interest in Porto midfielder Fernando, per Ben Jefferson in the Express.
Fernando, says Jefferson, was watched by Liverpool scouts on Sunday when Porto and Benfica played in Portugal’s top-of-the-table clash. The versatile midfielder has only played 10 games this season and would inject some fresh legs into the Liverpool midfield.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s hopes of signing Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello have been dashed, says Trancredi Palmeri.
Liverpool's deal to get Tello has been stopped by Barcelona who openly said they won't sell https://t.co/t0K6bUaz86— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) January 16, 2014
Tello further quashed rumours by insisting he was staying at the Camp Nou despite failing to establish a regular first-team spot, Sky Sports reported. The 22-year-old winger is the kind of player Rodgers would have been hoping for, but Tello insists he is content at the club.