Liverpool Transfer News: Brendan Rodgers Confirms Talks with Several Targets

Ravin SampatCorrespondent IIJanuary 18, 2014

Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates after his team's 5-3 win against Stoke in their English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke, England, Sunday Jan 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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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.

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Daniel Sturridge (15) and Luis Suarez of Liverpool (7) celebrate during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Britannia Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo
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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.

LISBON, PORTUGAL - APRIL 01:  Manager Rafael Benitez (L) of Liverpool issues instructions as Steven Gerrard looks on during the UEFA Europa League, first leg quarter final match between Benfica and Liverpool at the Estadio de Luz Stadium on April 1, 2010
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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.

ROME, ITALY - DECEMBER 15:  Antonio Candreva (R) of SS Lazio kicks the ball as Francesco Bardi of AS Livorno saves during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and AS Livorno at Stadio Olimpico on December 15, 2013 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Gett
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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.

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23:  Yann M'Vila of France crosses the ball during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
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“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.

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 11:  Fernando Reges (L) of FC Porto competes for the ball with Oliver Torres (R) of Atletico de Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Group G match at Vicente Calderon Stadium on December 11, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Go
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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.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 05:  Christian Tello of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Antonio Rukavina of Real Valladolid CF during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Valladolid CF at Camp Nou on October 5, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo
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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.