Liverpool look to be nearing the signing of Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno, while Swansea striker Wilfried Bony is becoming a genuine possibility. However, hopes of signing Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus appear to be dashed.
The German midfielder has long been linked with a potential move to Anfield, per Charles Perrin in the Express, but the 25-year-old ruled himself out of any transfer in an interview with Kicker (h/t Elliott Bretland of the Daily Mail).
"I can only repeat what I have already said before. I am very happy to be playing for Dortmund. My main objective for now is to get back to peak fitness. Everything else isn't important for me at the moment," he said.
Having missed the World Cup in Brazil due to injury, Reus is now returning to full fitness. Having bagged 16 goals and assisted 13 in the Bundesliga last season, it is unsurprising the Reds were keen to sign him up.
Although he would have added real quality to the Reds' side, he never seemed to be a genuine option for Liverpool, with both Dortmund and Reus himself consistently denying rumours.
Equally, with the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling, the Reds already have some very strong options in attacking midfield. Thus Reus will continue—for now—under Jurgen Klopp as Dortmund attempt to wrestle the German title back from Bayern Munich.
Liverpool may be set to have more luck with the potential signing of Bony, as Darren Lewis of the Mirror suggests Swansea are prepared to let their star player go for less than his £19 million release clause:
Swansea are ready to ditch Wilfried Bony’s £19million release clause to offload the unsettled striker. Mirror Sport understands a number of Premier League clubs have already been sounded out about a deal, with the Welsh club relaxing their stance on his asking price.
Having sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona for £75 million, boss Brendan Rodgers desperately needs an additional striker—especially after a proposed move for Loic Remy collapsed.
The Ivorian Bony has Premier League experience—he bagged 16 goals in his first season with Swansea last season—and his physicality would offer something new in the Liverpool attack.
As the BBC's George Riley indicates, the 25-year-old has been linked with Liverpool for some time. Rodgers should push for the deal as he would work well in the Anfield outfit's system:
Bony Gem. Would be a good fit for Liverpool pic.twitter.com/BZ9h4Ih1s1— George Riley (@georgeyboy) July 10, 2014
It looks as though another long-term Liverpool target is also all set to make a move to Merseyside, as Simon Jones in the Daily Mail reports Moreno is close to signing with Liverpool:
Liverpool's search for a left-back should be concluded soon as talks progress with Sevilla over the £16million transfer of Alberto Moreno. The 22-year-old left back emerged through Sevilla's youth system, and last season made 40 appearances for the Andalusian side as they finished fifth in La Liga and won the Europa League.
The left-back area was a consistent problem for Liverpool last season, with Jon Flanagan forced to fill in out of position. The young Spaniard would go a long way toward solving the issue.
He is very strong in attack—a requirement for a modern-day left back—but most importantly for a Liverpool side that conceded 50 goals in the Premier League last season, he is a terrific defender.
There is no doubt Rodgers needs to add further strength in key areas—despite the business done already—and signing Moreno and Bony would constitute a terrific summer transfer window, especially after losing Suarez.
The Uruguayan has left a significant gap in the squad, but Liverpool are going the right way about filling it and would be set for a highly competitive 2014-15 if their reported targets are snapped up.