Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 5

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistMay 5, 2014

Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 5

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    Liverpool's pursuit of the Premier League title may have taken a couple of knocks recently, but what is certain is that they'll be playing in the Champions League next season.

    That will mean the Reds need to flesh out what is still a pretty thin squad. Therefore, you can expect to see more and more names linked with the club throughout the summer.

    Just who will come and go from Liverpool remains to be seen, but here, we like to keep track of the latest news and rumours surrounding the Reds.

    Here's the latest from the week beginning May 5.

    Last updated Friday, May 9. 

Reds to Make Adam Lallana Bid in Summer

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    Sky Sports believe that Liverpool have identified Southampton captain Adam Lallana as their top target this summer.

    Lallana, who was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award by his fellow professionals, is now a certainty to go to the World Cup with England following his stellar season, and Sky believe that the Reds will look to snap him up before the tournament begins.

Liverpool in Three-Way Premier League Fight for Thomas Muller?

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    Bayern Munich and Germany star Thomas Muller is a target for Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United according to the Daily Express.

    Muller, who won the Golden Boot at the 2010 World Cup, is reported to have grown frustrated over his role at Bayern under Pep Guardiola, paving the way for the three English giants to look to swoop for what would be a marquee signing.

Monaco Interest Makes Ashley Cole Move Unlikely

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    The Daily Star claim that Monaco's interest in Chelsea's soon to be out-of-contract left-back Ashley Cole makes Liverpool's hopes of signing the England man unlikely.

    The Reds have been monitoring Cole's situation as he appears set to leave Stamford Bridge, but they won't match the £12million, two-year package that Monaco are set to offer the 33-year-old.

Brendan Rodgers Agrees Contract Extension at Anfield

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    Liverpool might be falling short in their quest to win the league title but their remarkable brand of football and return to the Champions League after five years away has resulted in a new contract for manager Brendan Rodgers, according to the Daily Star.

    The length of the new deal isn't yet known, although the paper speculate that it could take the Northern Irishman's stay at the club up to 2018.

Cristian Tello Available Following Barcelona Row

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    The Daily Mirror's John Cross believes that Barcelona winger Cristian Tello could be targeted by Liverpool in an £8million move.

    Tello reportedly had a row with coach Tata Martino at the weekend, and is now set to depart the Nou Camp in the summer.

Steven Caulker to Be Turned to Following Cardiff's Relegation?

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    Centre-back Steven Caulker could be turned to to help solve Liverpool's defensive woes following Cardiff's relegation from the Premier League.

    Caulker played under Brendan Rodgers on loan at Swansea City in 2011/12, and the Daily Mail claim that both the Reds and Southampton are looking to take advantage of a relegation release clause in his contract.

Napoli Ready to Make Pepe Reina's Loan Deal Permanent

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    Napoli could be ready to try and make Pepe Reina's loan deal from Liverpool a permanent one.

    The Daily Star quote the club's sports director Ricardo Bigon saying:

    Reina is a very important player both on the field and off.

    At the end of the season we will talk with him and Liverpool, we are interested to hold him here.

    He has been fine in Naples, he has a very close relationship with the coach (Rafa Benitez) and also his family has settled very well.

Liverpool to Battle with Spurs for Lazio Midfielder Ogenyi Onazi

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    According to Nick Lustig of the Daily Star, both Liverpool and Tottenham are looking at doing a deal for the £10 million-rated Lazio and Nigeria defensive midfielder Ogenyi Onazi.

    The 21-year-old would be a quality addition for the Reds both now and for the future.

    Back in January, he stated his pleasure at being linked with a move to Anfield.

    "Liverpool? They are a huge team and are attractive to any footballer," he is quoted as saying in the Star. "I could see myself playing for them. I would jump at the chance." 

Sporting Lisbon Left-Back Marcos Rojo Eyed by the Reds

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    Portuguese newspaper A Bola have reported that 24-year-old Sporting Lisbon left-back Marcos Rojo has been targeted for a summer switch by Liverpool, with the Reds feeling that the Argentina international would be a perfect fit for their defence.

    Translated into English by 101 Great Goals, the report states that Rojo has two years left on his current contract but that he also has a €30 million release clause.