Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 25

Matt Ladson@mattladsonFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2014

Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 25

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    So here we are, the final full week of the summer transfer window—this could be interesting!

    After eight signings already this summer, Liverpool look set to be one of the busiest clubs in these final days.

    Brendan Rodgers' side face Manchester City on Monday night and are expected to complete the signing of Mario Balotelli, as per Andy Hunter of The Guardian.

    Rodgers also wants to bring in a new back-up goalkeeper to compete with Brad Jones as Simon Mignolet's understudy, as per James Pearce of The Liverpool Echo.

    Meanwhile, questions remain over the futures of Lucas Leiva, Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini, while there could be further departures for young players at the club, either on loan or permanently.

    Here are this week's Liverpool transfer reports. 

    --Last Updated: Friday, 29th August--

Alex Song to West Ham?

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    Barcelona midfielder Alex Song could be heading to West Ham United, according to Sky Sports on Friday.

    John Cross of The Mirror claims that the former Arsenal man would prefer a move to Liverpool, who could be interested if Lucas Leiva completes a move away from the club before the transfer deadline.

Jordon Ibe to Derby on Loan

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    Winger Jordon Ibe will join Derby County on loan for the season, according to reports.

    The 18-year-old impressed during pre-season but needs regular first-team football in order to continue to develop.

    The Derby Telegraph say The Rams are in pole position to sign Ibe despite interest too from Bolton Wanderers.

    Andre Wisdom's successful loan at Derby last season with manager Steve McLaren will no doubt be a reason Liverpool are keen to let Ibe join the Championship side.

Jack Robinson to QPR

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    Liverpool left-back Jack Robinson is linked with a move to Premier League newcomers Queens Park Rangers.

    The 20-year-old academy product is behind new signing Alberto Moreno and Spaniard Jose Enrique, plus Jon Flanagan and Glen Johnson who can both play at left-back.

    Alan Nixon of The Mirror writes:

    "[Harry] Redknapp agreed a deal worth around £1 million for the Kop kid and former England under-21 cap who headed for London to finalise the move.

    "Local lad Robinson has been at Anfield for all of his career but has been told his first-team chances are limited with the arrival of Spaniard Alberto Moreno."

Mario Balotelli Move Close to Completion

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    Mario Balotelli will arrive back on Merseyside on Monday, having spent the weekend in Italy, and he could be in attendance at the Etihad to watch his new side face his old side.

    Per The Guardian's Andy Hunter:

    The Italy international convinced Rodgers he was a risk worth taking during face-to-face talks on Friday, completed his medical on Saturday and is due to return from Italy on Monday to sign a three-year contract worth a basic £80,000 a week. 

Lucas Leiva Leaving for Napoli

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    Reports over the weekend emanating from Italy claim Liverpool have agreed a deal with Napoli that will see midfielder Lucas Leiva join them on loan for the season with a view to a permanent move.

    According to Sport Mediaset (h/t Football Italia), Napoli will pay €2 million to take the Brazilian midfielder on loan for the season, with an option to buy for a further €10 million in July 2015. 

Borini Only Wants Sunderland on Loan

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    Fabio Borini's protracted move to Sunderland could still go ahead, but only on loan, according to the Daily Mirror.

    "Borini has stalled as he does not want to give up on his Kop career, but is now willing to make the switch for the season," the paper claims.

    Borini spent last season on loan at the Black Cats, where he scored 10 goals.

    "I think we're getting close to a final decision either way because it's been a bit too long," Sunderland boss Gus Poyet told Sky Sports after their 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday. "It's time now that it's a yes coming or a no, as we need to move on."