Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 13

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2014

Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 13

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    Liverpool's latest victory showcased the fact that they can earn wins in different ways as they chase a place amongst the elite teams in the Premier League.

    The 5-3 win over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium didn't display the Reds in their best light―or indeed their best kit―but they managed to dig deep and earn the three points thanks to strikes from Luis Suarez and the returning Daniel Sturridge.

    But despite the comebacks of Sturridge and fellow Sunday goalscorer Steven Gerrard, there remains the belief that Liverpool's squad is a little on the thin side, with fans expecting one or two additions before the closure of the January transfer window.

    So who are the latest names linked with the Reds, and indeed is anyone going to be leaving Anfield?

    Here we track this week's rumours and keep you up to date with the latest goings on at the Merseyside giants.

    Don't forget to check back all week!

    Last updated Friday January 17

PSV Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum Eyed

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    Three-times capped Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum has been linked with a move to Liverpool by the Metro, who claim that the 23-year-old will be available for around £9 million.

    The PSV Eindhoven captain joined his current club from Feyenoord in the summer of 2011, and he'd certainly add an attacking threat to the Reds' midfield were he to be brought on board.

Reds Send Representative to Watch Porto's Fernando

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    According to rumours reported on the Liverpool Echo website, the Reds sent a representative to Portugal on Sunday to watch Porto's combative defensive midfielder Fernando in action.

    The Brazilian is out of contract in the summer, although the Reds are likely to face competition from the likes of Manchester United and AC Milan for his services.


Benitez to Beat Rodgers to Yann M'Vila Signing?

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    The same Liverpool Echo story also highlights claims that ex-Reds boss Rafael Benitez has beaten his former club to the signing of of the Rubin Kazan midifielder Yann M'Vila.

    The combative Frenchman has been seen as a prime loan target for Brendan Rodgers this January, but competition was always likely for the French international.


Tiago Ilori Set for Loan Switch to Granada

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    Tiago Ilori has long been earmarked for a loan switch following his arrival from Sporting Lisbon on the final day of the last transfer window, with the Daily Mail claiming that the Portuguese defender is set for a temporary switch to La Liga side Granada.

    The 20-year-old hasn't featured for the Reds first-team since his arrival, and with the likes of Martin Skrtel, Kolo Toure, Daniel Agger and Mamadou Sakho blocking his route to the starting XI, a loan move would surely be good for him.


Ivan Rakitic Rumours Grow

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    The Liverpool Echo cites reports in Marca than Sevilla's talented playmaker Ivan Rakitic remains a target for Liverpool despite apparently entering into new contract talks.

    However, those talks after believed to be aimed solely at his club getting a better deal for the 25-year-old in the summer should they fail to qualify for Europe, something which happened ahead of Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas' moves to Manchester City.



John Henry to Jet in and Oversee Business

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    After revealing his admiration for the city of Liverpool in a speech in Boston (Daily Mirror), the Reds' principal owner John W Henry is scheduled to be at Anfield for the match against Aston Villa on Saturday.

    Whilst on Merseyside he could oversee some transfer business at Anfield, however it is considered far more likely that he'll reward manager Brendan Rodgers will a new contract for the fine work he's done since taking over 18 months ago.

Reds Battling Napoli to Sign Verona's Jorginho

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    Verona's Brazilian-born Italy under-21 midfielder Jorginho has been linked with the Reds before, and according to TuttoMercato (Italian) he is the subject of a tug-of-war between Liverpool and their former boss Rafael Benitez at Napoli.

    Having been the inspiration behind their promotion from Serie B last season, Jorginho has scored seven times this season as Verona have surprised many staying in and around the top six in the table.

Three-Way Fight for Roma Forward Destro

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    Sports Direct News claim that Liverpool are battling both Arsenal and Tottenham to sign the Roma forward Mattia Destro this January.

    The 22-year-old Italian has picked up four caps for his country, but has frequently been on the fringes of things as Roma have impressed this season. He could be available on loan.

Swiss Star Inler Targeted for Summer Move

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    The powerhouse Swiss midfielder Gokhan Inler has been targeted by Liverpool for a summer move, according to a rumour reported in the Liverpool Echo.

    The 29-year-old is a key player at Napoli and widely recognised as one of the best midfielders in Serie A, so prising him from Naples is sure to be a tough ask.

Salah to Be the Solo Signing?

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    Talk of Liverpool's interest in Basle's exciting Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah has stalled somewhat in the past couple of weeks, but according to the Daily Mail he remains Brendan Rodgers' priority signing this January.

    Rodgers will use John Henry's presence on Merseyside at the end of this week (slide six) to discuss transfer plans, but he is prepared to wait for his other targets until the summer as long as he is allowed to launch a bid for Salah now.


Reds Offered Ajax Winger Ricardo Kishna?

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    According to the Daily Mirror, both Liverpool and Manchester City have been offered the chance to sign the 19-year-old Ajax winger Ricardo Kishna for a cut-price fee.

    Kishna's contract runs out in the summer, and although Ajax are keen to extend it, he could move to England for a minimal compensation package.

Southampton Turmoil to Lead to Jay Rodriguez Move?

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    The Daily Star claim that Liverpool will use the inner turmoil at Southampton to prise Jay Rodriguez away from the south coast club.

    Rodriguez has been capped by England this season, but could be one of many players set to leave the Saints if manager Mauricio Pochettino follows through with his threat to quit following the resignation of chairman Nicola Cortese.

Unlikely Jefferson Farfan Move?

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    Sports Direct News claim that Liverpool are preparing an unlikely £11m bid for Schalke's Peruvian winger Jefferson Farfan as a replacement for the on-loan Victor Moses.

    Farfan has proven to be a more than useful player during his time in Europe, but with Schalke believed to be holding out for around £15m for the 29-year-old, the Reds are unlikely to pay that price for a player of his age.

Fabio Borini Eyeing Liverpool Return

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    Fabio Borini has vowed to return to Liverpool a better player following his current loan spell at Sunderland, and claims he has no intention of quitting Anfield.

    The Italian forward, who recently scored the winning goal for the Mackems in their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester United, told the official Reds website:

    I needed to prove to myself first that I can play here because I have never had a long spell playing in England.

    I have always been in England but I have never had a long run of games. At Swansea, I only had 12 games, Liverpool not so long because of injuries and Chelsea I was substitute a few times.

    I will finish my season here and then after that I will go back to Liverpool because that is my contract. The aim here first is to stay up, not go down.

    It would be nice to go back there as a Premier League player and to have shown them that even in a hard situation, instead of winning every week, that I can do well.


Reds "Register Interest" in Luke Shaw

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    The same Southampton turmoil that has thrown Jay Rodriguez's future into doubt has also seen Liverpool "register their interest" in the more highly-prized Luke Shaw, according to Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph

    The 18-year-old Shaw would be a terrific solution to the Reds' left-back issues, and whilst any interest in the English youngster would seem obvious, completing a move for him is bound to be difficult and expensive.

Antonio Candreva Become a New Name Linked to Reds

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    Friday brought a new name into the Liverpool's gossip columns, with Lazio's Italian international midfielder Antonio Candreva linked to the club, according to the Daily Mirror.

    Candreva has become a regular for his country, but any move would be likely to take place in the summer as opposed to January.