Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Rumours and Buzz Before Window Closes

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Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Rumours and Buzz Before Window Closes
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Liverpool's barren January transfer window has been a disappointment for many on Merseyside this winter, with the expectations being that the club would be dipping further into their recruitment efforts.

However, with but a day remaining until the window for business slams shut, Brendan Rodgers' side must be quick on their feet if they're to finish January with any moves concluded.

Read on for a run-through of all the latest rumours and headlines to have hit the club before Friday's deadline.

 

Reds Face Premier League Competition in Yevhen Konoplyanka Hunt

Mirror Football's Ed Malyon has revealed that Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has flown to Ukraine in a bid to hash out a deal for the services of Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.

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However, the Anfield figure may be left disappointed in his search of a signature after it emerged that there is more than one Premier League club interested in signing the 24-year-old.

According to The Independent's Ed Aarons, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur are three of the clubs to have paid Konoplyanka some attention in the last six months and may yet make a move in order to spoil the deal.

Aarons writes:

Dnipro are understood to be holding out for a fee close to £20million for Konoplyanka having turned down several bids this week, although an offer of around £15m is likely to be enough to persuade them to sell their prize asset. Konoplyanka’s  father, Oleg, admitted yesterday that he expects his son to leave Ukraine, with sources also confirming that his future will be resolved before tomorrow night’s deadline.

Rodgers' squad is seemingly in need of the morale boost that a big winter signing would provide them, with the Reds wings currently in as much need of star talent as any other area of the team.

 

Rodgers Eyeing Spartak Moscow Star as Midfield Cover

With Lucas Leiva once again struggling with injury, Rodgers' hand could be forced in making a midfield purchase in the next 24 hours, with Spartak Moscow's Romulo supposedly on the shortlist.

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The Liverpool Echo's Peter Guy says that the Brazilian is Rodgers' preferred option should his side invest in an anchoring presence.

Romulo has also suffered with knee injuries during his time and was forced to miss almost the entire 2012-13 Russian Premier League season, per Transfermarkt.

Squawka's James Nalton acknowledges the high-risk, high-reward nature of Romulo's signature:

Although the 23-year-old is a very talented individual with a lot of potential, Rodgers wouldn't want to risk swapping one recurring injury concern for another, especially in such a critical area of the squad.

 

Gerardo Martino Leaves Question Mark on Isaac Cuenca's Future

Gerardo Martino has seemingly left the door ajar in terms of Isaac Cuenca's immediate future at the Camp Nou, with the Barcelona boss now appearing more willing to farm out the youngster on loan.

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When asked about the prospect of his winger leaving Catalan country on loan, talkSPORT quoted the Argentinian as responding: 

"He is training. We will see if he stays here or gets the chance to play elsewhere."

The Spaniard spent the last half of the 2012-13 campaign on loan with Ajax, but injury prevented the wide asset from having a very telling impact in Amsterdam.

Such is the need for wing reinforcements at Anfield, Rodgers may yet make a move for the 22-year-old speedster who isn't getting any closer to Barca's first team at present.

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