Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Summer-Window Reports for Reds

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJuly 19, 2014

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 20:  Karim Benzema of France celebrates a goal that came after the referee had blown full time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group E match between Switzerland and France at Arena Fonte Nova on June 20, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have been among the Premier League's busiest sides this summer, and after Luis Suarez's sale to Barcelona was made official, the club are more enthused than ever to get business done.

Having already signed up a host of elite targets, Brendan Rodgers is going about his reinvestment with a powerful yet pragmatic approach, and the end is a long way off as of yet.

Read on for a breakdown of the latest murmurs to hit Anfield, updating the prospects of those both coming and going on Merseyside.

Wage Demands Halting Remy Deal

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND-  May 03: Loic Remy of Newcastle celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Cardiff City at St. James'  Park on May 03, 2014  in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Richard Sellers/Getty
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It emerged on Friday that the Reds had taken pole position in the race to sign Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy, with Metro reporting that a five-year deal has been agreed, confirmed by Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio:

David Anderson and Darren Lewis of the Mirror report that Liverpool are reluctant to meet the striker's wage demands of between £80,000 and £90,000 a week, however.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has been quoted on talkSPORT (h/t Daily Mail's David Kent) as saying of the deal: 

I think he really wants to play Champions League football next year somewhere. We gave him time off after the World Cup but I think he’s really looking to move. I would be surprised if he was at QPR at the start of the year.

If he goes to the right team, he’s capable of scoring 15 to 20 Premier League goals next season. If nothing comes along I'm sure he will be back here. He had a contract, a good contract, here.

Remy's European hopes are now better served at Anfield after they assured themselves of a Champions League return, and should the salary situation be sorted out, his £8 million move could become official soon.

Fabio Borini Nears End of His Anfield Journey

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MAY 07:  Fabio Borini of Sunderland (L) celebrates with Adam Johnson as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion at Stadium of Light on May 7, 2014 in Sunderland
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That change in the attacking ranks could depend largely on the future of Fabio Borini, however, with Tony Barrett of The Times reporting on Friday that the Italian is set for a permanent move to Sunderland:

Borini had a successful 2013-14 campaign on loan at the Stadium of Light, and the Mirror's David Anderson agrees that a £14 million fee has been agreed, some of which is dependent upon add-ons.

It's a stark change in ambition from Borini, who in January told the Daily Star (h/t Sky Sports) of his intentions to remain on Merseyside:

I'll finish my season here and then after that I'll go back to Liverpool because that's my contract. It would be nice to go back there as a Premier League player and to have shown them that even in a hard situation I can do well.

I've achieved one of my objectives here at Sunderland of playing every week, but to play for big teams like Liverpool, you don't just need to perform well. As a striker you need to score goals. You can perform well, but at the end of the season people count your goals.

Perhaps the changing landscape at Liverpool has seen Borini's perceptions alter regarding his own first-team chances, but a Sunderland move now seems likely.

Karim Benzema off the Agenda

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One striker the Reds won't have much chance of signing as any Suarez replacement is Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, who has agreed a new deal at the Bernabeu.

That's according to the Express' Jamie Anderson, while Inside La Liga adds that the new deal will tie Benzema to the capital club until 2019:

Last month, French newspaper L'Equipe (h/t Pablo Polo of Spanish newspaper Marca) quoted the French striker's agent Karim Djaziri in noting his client's desire to remain a part of Carlo Ancelotti's side:

Talks about renewing began quite a long time ago. We got together with Florentino Pérez last September, and then again in December, then in March and now, last Monday. It is true that his contract has not been extended, but Karim is a man of his word, and he told Florentino that he wants to remain at the club of his dreams for as long as possible. What is certain is that, whatever happens, he is not going to leave Real Madrid.

Benzema has always seemed an unrealistic target for Rodgers' side, but a new deal would effectively rule out any chances of a transfer going through.


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