Liverpool Transfer News: Latest Gossip on the Reds' Summer Spending Plans

Tom Kinslow@@TomKinslowFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2011

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 29:  Charlie Adam of Scotland takes a free kick during the Carling Nations Cup match between Republic of Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on May 29, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Liverpool Transfer News is Coming Fast and Furious as We Progress Deeper into the Summer

It is the start of a new era at Liverpool, as Boston Red Sox owner John Henry has taken control of the Reds and heads into the summer transfer window with high hopes.

There have been a lot of players linked to the Anfield squad, and we're here to give you the biggest news and reaction, so without further adieu, let's get right to it.

Will Danny Wilson Prove Vital to Charlie Adam Deal?

After losing out on some important targets in the summer transfer window, Liverpool has set their sights on Charlie Adam.

It won't be cheap to land the Blackpool captain, and it has become apparent that it will take cash and a trio of Reds players to get the transfer done, and the future of Danny Wilson may determine if this deal gets done.

Per LiverpoolFC.TV:

After Stephen Darby and Jonjo Shelvey were proposed as two of the possible makeweights, 19-year-old Wilson is the third young Red to be linked with a move to Bloomfield Road as part of the package for Adam.

Blackpool would still be looking at an £8m fee for Adam's signature but an agreement to release the Liverpool trio on season long loans would speed up the protracted transfer of the Scot to Merseyside.

The good news is that they would only be loans, Liverpool could get the players back, and after losing out on targets like Connor Wickham, eventually, the Reds have to pony up to make sure that a deal is going to get done.

Liverpool has tried hard to make a splash this offseason, and landing Adam would be a step in the right direction.

John Henry Announces Spending Strategy

If you follow the Boston Red Sox, you know that John Henry runs his team with a metered, patient approach to the offseason.

Very rarely do the Red Sox go out and make signings for the sake of doing so, and make sure that each one fill a need on the depth chart. It has brought two championships to Boston, and now that he's in control of Liverpool, he is bringing that same formula to Anfield.


“Speculation on players shouldn't include those of a certain age. We are not going to be successful by merely filling short-term needs at LFC,” Henry tweeted. We already have quite a bit of experience in the club so it should be a good balance."

He added: "Everything in sports is overpriced now - especially the cost of winning."

Unlike clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City, squads that love to throw money all over the transfer market, Henry isn't going to be roped into that type or reckless spending.

Liverpool is going to go after top talent, but it won't overspend on aging stars and big names for the sake of doing so. That type of spending hasn't proven to be effective in football, and while Henry may be new to the sport, he knows what it takes to win.

He has done it in Boston, and if he sticks to his guns, he'll bring trophies to Anfield.

Reds Lose out on Gael Clichy

Things aren't getting any easier for Liverpool in the transfer market.

The Reds have struggled to bring in players during this summer's transfer window, and after targeting Arsenal's Gael Clichy, Liverpool will lose out on yet another player, as the Gunner has decided that his future lies in Manchester City.


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has already stated that he would rather sell the left-back this summer rather than lose him for free in twelve months time if a new deal is not agreed, but he was believed to be hopeful that a new contract could be worked out.

Reports last week claimed Clichy was keen on a move to Anfield, where the left-back position is a priority for manager Kenny Dalglish.

Dalglish may now turn his attention to Newcastle full-back Jose Enrique should Clichy complete his move to Manchester.

Clichy is a capable defender, but he isn't a game-changer, and Liverpool will have options in the transfer market after this move.

Manchester City loves defense, and with the very capable defenders on that roster, Clichy's failings as a player should be disguised more than they've been at Arsenal.

You can't blame Clichy for that.

Aston Villa Joins Diego Chase

If Liverpool is going to make a splash in this summer's transfer window, they won't do so without a fight from their competitors.

The Reds have been pushing hard to land Brazilian starlet Diego, and it seemed like Liverpool was going to cruise to inking a deal for his services. That is, until Aston Villa jumped into the fray, putting that possibility in doubt.


It has been suggested that Liverpool are leading the chase for the Brazilian playmaker, as Kenny Dalglish looks to add yet more creativity to his options. 

However, The Sun claims Alex McLeish wants Diego at Villa, although the Scot is likely to try and take him from his Bundesliga employers on a season-long loan deal.  

Diego is the type of player John Henry is talking about, and with his style of football, he would be a much-needed addition to the Reds, but if it gets into a bidding war, based on the owner's statements, it would be unlikely that Liverpool would join the fray.

This will be a test of Henry's new mantra, and we will see how badly he wants the Brazilian virtuoso. Losing out on another player to a Premier League competitor could really rile the frustrated Liverpool fanbase.

If Henry thought Red Sox fans were passionate, he hasn't seen anything yet.