Liverpool FC: 5 Players the Reds Could Sign on the Transfer Window's Last Day
The transfer deadline is less than 36 hours away. If any manager is planning to make an 11th-hour improvement to his team, the time is now.
Liverpool and manager Kenny Dalglish have made a big splash in the transfer window this summer. With the acquisition of defender Sebastian Coates, the count of new signings is up to six. The total money spent is up to over £50 million.
It is unclear whether or not the Reds are done in the transfer market, but rumours are still circulating around the club and it seems unlikely that Dalglish stays pat on the day.
Here are five players we could see in Liverpool Red on September 1st.
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The signing of Sebastian Coates has all but killed any rumours linking Liverpool to central defenders, but surprisingly, reports are still suggesting Liverpool may harbour an interest in Gary Cahill. The Reds are still looking to add depth to a centre back corps that includes Daniel Agger, Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel and Martin Kelly. He would have an instant impact playing with Agger in the heart of the Anfield defense.
Liverpool have been chasing the centre back all summer, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Dalglish make a last ditch effort to sign him.
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Lucas has emerged in the past few seasons as one of the top defensive midfielders in the Premier League. But reports suggest Dalglish has been looking to build with youth in that position. Danilo Pereira is the perfect option.
The 19-year-old is a 6'1" defensive midfielder who is considered to be one of the brightest European prospects at the position. He signed for Parma on a free transfer last summer, but he has yet to make his senior debut for the club. The Guinea-Bissau-born youngster was also a key part of the Portugal team that finished second in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
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Reports have brought up former Liverpool winger Yossi Benayoun's name in the past few days, suggesting a shock return to Anfield for Chelsea's Israeli international. The 31-year-old spent three seasons with the Reds, making 92 league appearances and scoring 18 goals. He would likely fill a substitute role with Liverpool, as a backup to Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson.
Raul Meireles may move the other way in a player-plus-cash deal.
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Craig Bellamy is a second player linked with a potential return to Anfield. The 32-year-old's career has hit a roadblock at Manchester City, and the Welsh striker would gladly welcome a move back to Merseyside. Liverpool have been looking for an improvement of a backup striker over David N'gog.
With Dirk Kuyt's part-time move to the wing, the need for support behind superstars Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez is greater than ever.
Bellamy would cost Dalglish next to nothing.
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Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega would bring a slightly different dimension to Craig Bellamy. He is more of an elite Premier League level player, and he would give Kenny Dalglish headaches as to who plays up front.
He joined Wigan from Mexican side Nexaca in January of 2009, and he is entering his third full season with the club. He has scored 22 goals in 89 appearances for The Latics, including an impressive nine league goals last year.
Rodallega has rejected a new contract and could cost Liverpool around £9 million.
They are also rumoured to potentially have an interest in Wolves striker Kevin Doyle.
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