Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Top Stories from the Gossip Pages

Peter WebsterContributor IIIDecember 27, 2011

Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Top Stories from the Gossip Pages

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    The January transfer window is merely days away now and football fans will be drooling at the thought of who their manager might bring in to strengthen the ranks.

    Liverpool—having suffered the loss of Lucas Leiva through injury—are a team that may need to recruit more than others.

    Kenny Dalglish has targeted Champions League football for next season which requires a top-four finish in the Premier League.

    The Luis Suarez ban has caused shock waves across the league as fans and players alike have shown their affinity to the decision in one way or another.

    With the loss of Lucas and potentially Suarez, Liverpool look a lot less threatening in their attack, and more vulnerable defensively.

    A midfielder coupled with a striker might be on the wish list for Dalglish, but January signings are usually overpriced and hard to obtain, so it's anybody's guess who might arrive—if anybody—on Merseyside in the new year.

    Here we'll take a look at who is being talked about in the gossip pages as Liverpool try to recover from two recent poor draws against Wigan and Blackburn Rovers

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Lucas Podolski

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    Perhaps one of the most newsworthy transfer links for Liverpool is an apparent move for Germany attacker Lucas Podolski.

    Liverpool need someone who can put the ball in the back of the net and Podolski certainly has done that for his a national team after racking up 43 goals in 95 appearances.

    His current form for Bundesliga side FC Koln is 14 goals in 15 games.

    If he could transfer that to the Premier League, then Liverpool may have found the answer to their problems.

    He is valued at approximately £16.6 million, according to the report.

Cheik Tiote

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    Newcastle United picked up a bargain when they signed Cheik Tiote in the summer of 2010 for £3.5 million.

    Some excellent performances in the Premier League have seen his value skyrocket and Liverpool are one of a host of clubs to apparently take note.

    With Liverpool having lost Lucas Leiva for the rest of the season due to injury, Tiote could be the ideal replacement.

    There is no figure mentioned, but the report suggests his value has at least tripled.

    I expect Newcastle to hold out for more than that with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea also reportedly interested.

Mesut Ozil

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    Mesut Ozil is the type of quality player Liverpool fans would love to see at the club and he possesses the skill set to succeed wherever he plays.

    Recent reports have suggested Jose Mourinho is unhappy with the player at Real Madrid and has issued an end-of-season ultimatum.

    Ozil would give Liverpool some creativity, which has only been conjured by the magic of Luis Suarez so far this season. However, it is unknown whether Ozil would move to a club that can't guarantee Champions League football.

Eden Hazard

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    Conspiracy theorists think that Joe Cole's move to Lille was created so that Liverpool gain better bargaining power over the signing of Eden Hazard.

    I hope it's true, but I remain highly skeptical.

    The report suggests Lille are looking for €40 million, which would probably be out of Liverpool's price range in January.

    Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are the other clubs looking to gain the player's signature.

Nikica Jelavic

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    Glasgow Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic is another striker who has been linked with Liverpool in the press of late.

    Jelavi was signed by Rangers in August 2010 and has gone on to score 28 goals in 42 appearances for the club.

    The Scottish division is not the same standard of the Premier League, so expect those goals to diminish somewhat if he moved to Liverpool.

    Sunderland, West Brom and QPR are the other teams apparently interested, and if Liverpool want to propel themselves to the top of the table again, I think they would do best to let the other teams steal a march on this player.

Afterthoughts

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    This recent round of transfer gossip is particularly promising barring the mention of Nikica Jelavic.

    Liverpool should be attracting types of players that have featured today and they are certainly achievable if Liverpool are given a substantial spending pot in January.

    The two German players of Podolski and Ozil would be huge signings on Merseyside and they are most likely to adapt quickly in the Premier League (aside from Tiote who already plies his trade there).

    Hazard is hugely talented and deserves to showcase his talents in a better league, but he is certainly more of a gamble given the price tag on his head.

    I just don't see Jelavic as being good enough for Liverpool given the expectations of the fans and club as a whole.

    Liverpool should never be competing for a player who QPR and West Brom think they have a shot at signing.

    If Liverpool signed any of the first four players in this slideshow, then they will definitely be taking a step in the right direction following the disappointment of the likes of Carroll, Adam and Downing, who are yet to really shine.

    Roll on the January window!

    Click here to read 10 players Liverpool could have bought with £35 million spent on Andy Carroll. 

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