Liverpool FC Transfer Rumours: 7 Players Linked to the Reds

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterSeptember 26, 2011

Liverpool FC Transfer Rumours: 7 Players Linked to the Reds

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    The transfer window closed less than a month ago. More than three months remain before it reopens.

    The rumour mill, on the other hand, never shuts down.

    Liverpool has been linked with a number of players since the end of the most recent transfer window. That doesn't necessarily mean the Reds will sign them all, but it does give us plenty of reason to speculate about the future.

    One thing is for sure: Liverpool will look to strengthen its squad in January. Through six matches, Liverpool rests fifth in the table with three wins, one draw, two losses and 10 points.

    That's good, but it's not good enough for a club with Liverpool's ambitions. When January comes, the club will almost certainly want to add players.

    With that in mind, here are seven transfer targets Liverpool has been linked with in recent weeks.

1. Jan Vertonghen

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    From comes this rumour about Liverpool planning a January swoop for Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen.

    Vertonghen, 24, was a summer target for Arsenal while Inter Milan have also been tracking his progress.

    The Belgian defender has been one of the star performers for Ajax and was watched by a number of scouts during the Champions League game against Lyon last week.

    Reports in Holland suggest that Liverpool are now battling Inter Milan to clinch his signature when the transfer window re-opens in January.

    Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is hoping to strengthen his backline and give his side every chance of finishing in the top four this season.

    Ajax are determined to keep Vertonghen at the club and will be hoping a lengthy run in the Champions League will persuade him to stay with the Dutch giants.

    Ajax won the European Cup in 1995 but has struggled to stay relevant in continental play in recent years. This season the Dutch giants are competing in Champions League Group D with Real Madrid, Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb.

    It's a tough group for the Dutch champions, and progressing to the next stage might be a signal to its up-and-coming stars like Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen that there's a future with the club.

    Vertonghen made 32 starts for Ajax in the Eredivisie last term, scoring six goals.

    He has started four matches this season and also played the full 90 minutes in Ajax's 0-0 draw with Lyon in the Champions League.

2. Paco Alcacer

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    Liverpool is reportedly in the chase along with Premier League rivals Arsenal for the signature of Valencia teenager Paco Alcacer.

    The International Business Times reported this recently in its transfer rumours article:

    Wenger is also interested in Valencia teenager Paco Alcacer but could face competition from Liverpool for the highly-rated 18-year-old. Alcacer has a reported £8 million buy-out clause in his contract but Valencia president Manuel Llorente is determined to keep him at the club having lost Juan Mata to Chelsea in the summer.

    That article links to another from that has Valencia trying to sign the 18-year-old Alcacer to a new contract. His current deal apparently includes a buyout of £8 million.

    Barcelona and Bayern Munich have also been linked with a move for the Spanish forward and have sent scouts to see the youngster in action.

    Alcacer is reported to have a buy-out clause of £8 million in his contract, but Valencia president Manuel Llorente is determined to keep him at the club and hopes they can agree a long-term contract.

    Alcacer, who turned 18 in August, is trying to break into the Valencia first team this season. He scored 40 times in 66 appearances for Valencia's reserves.

    He has represented Spain at the U-16, -17, -18 and -19 levels, scoring 21 combined goals in 25 appearances.

3. Christian Eriksen

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    Christian Eriksen is one of Europe's exciting young talents. Still just 19 years old, he earned the Dutch league's player-of-the-year award last term while playing for Ajax.

    Now he's being linked to Liverpool and AC Milan. Apparently the two are battling for his signature, which makes us think a move will happen soon.

    Maybe even in January.

4. Danilo Pereira

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    Liverpool and Arsenal were both reportedly interested in signing Parma's Danilo Pereira during the summer.

    It didn't happen then, but the Portuguese midfielder could be on the move in January.

5. Gaston Ramirez

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    Bologna boss Pierpaolo Bisoli denied reports linking Ramirez to Liverpool. But then he said this:

    “The transfer market is closed and I don’t see what I’m supposed to say about this right now,” said Bisoli.

    “The issue just doesn’t exist. It was the first game I could’ve fielded the lad, as he was suspended last week. He played for 35 minutes and is regularly at the disposal of the squad. As for anything else, that will wait until January.”

    Sounds like Liverpool might be planning something for the Uruguayan in January.

6. Marek Hamsik

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    Napoli's Slovakian star has been linked with several clubs. Now Liverpool has apparently joined the chase.

    According to the Guardian, Liverpool is targeting a £25 million deal for Hamsik.

    Internazionale are preparing a double Premier League swoop, readying a January offer for Carlos Tevez—dependent on somebody snapping up their existing Argentinian striker Diego Milito—and fighting off Juventus to steal off with Bolton's Gary Cahill. Enough of players leaving the north-west and going to Italy—coming in the other direction could be Napoli's Marek Hamsik, a £25m target for Liverpool, who could do with another midfielder.

    Hamsik was also linked to a move to Manchester United last spring.

    During the summer, it was AC Milan.

    More recently, it was Paris Saint-Germain.

    Which one will it be? We'll see in January.

7. Lucas (Yes, Another One)

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    That's Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva to you.

    This Lucas is a 19-year-old starlet currently playing for Sao Paolo. But it looks like that won't be true for much longer.

    Last week, InsideFutbol linked Lucas to a tug-of-war between Liverpool and Tottenham.

    TalkSport reported pretty much the same thing:

    Reports suggest that Liverpool are using the same scouts who brought Lucas Leiva to Anfield during the summer to help negotiate a move for Lucas Moura.

    But they will have to act fast as reports in Italy suggest that Roma have now entered the race to sign him.

    Sao Paulo will only consider letting their star player leave if they receive a bid in the region of £20m when the transfer window re-opens in January.

    It could be an interesting month of January.