Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said he’s not likely to bolster his squad this month but the rumours remain, with the boss having admitted he is keeping ‘the door open’ to the slight chance of arrivals.
The latest of the rumours link three attacking stars to the Reds as well as a return to Anfield for a former player.
First up is Celtic’s James Forrest. The Sun claims that Klopp has been trailing the 27-year-old for months and could be set to bring him to Anfield come the summer. The Scotland international has eight Scottish Premiership goals already this term, needing just one more to make it his most prolific season yet. The report claims Celtic would need at least £8m to let go of one of their star men – relatively loose change to Premier League giants in today’s market.
Next up in Turkish attacking midfielder Abdulkadir Omur. The Trabzonspor teenager is being tipped as a wonderkid after making his breakthrough in the Turkish Super Lig is September 2017. The Reds, Chelsea and Bournemouth are all keen, according to the Express, while Newcastle have also been linked.
“Liverpool is a very important club,” Omur recently said of the links. “But the most important thing is Trabzonspor’s interests. If my club tell me that I can go, I’ll go. And if they tell me to stay, I’ll stay. We’ll see.”
The last attacking player to be linked to Anfield is Red Bull Salzburg striker Moanes Dabbur. The 26-year-old has been in hot form this season, netting nine Bundesliga goals to add to the 22 he notched in last year’s league campaign. The Daily Star claims the Reds are pondering whether or not to make a bid, with Valencia and Fulham also said to be interested. The player is keen on a move, having been quoted by the same outlet as saying he intends to leave his current club before the window closes.
Finally, at the other end of the pitch, Liverpool could make a move for local lad Conor Coady. The Wolves captain came up through the underage system at his boyhood club before being let go by Liverpool in 2014, having made just a single substitute appearance for the Reds in England’s top division. Now the Express claims Liverpool are tracking the 25-year-old, with Wolves set to open contract talks and Arsenal also interested. His current deal at Molineux runs out in 2021.
Meanwhile, Arsenal might be limited to loan deals this transfer window, but that doesn’t mean the Gunners have stopped their pursuit of Denis Suarez, the Mirror says. The club are still in talks with the Barcelona midfielder over a move this January, it says, with the possibility of a more permanent deal at the Emirates in the summer.
Everton looked to have closed the door on any offers for Idrissa Gana Gueye, according to the Daily Mail. Paris St Germain were said to be lining up a £30million bid for the 29-year-old, but the Toffees are keen to hold on to their star man who has performed well alongside Andre Gomes.
Cardiff City are upping the ante in their bid for Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, the Mail reports. Citing French media, it says discussions are due to take place over the next 24 hours, with any deal having the potential to provide a much-needed boost for the Bluebirds as Neil Warnock fights to keep out of the relegation zone.
Bournemouth are willing to let go of Callum Wilson but have slapped a high price tag on the forward, the Star says. The Cherries reportedly want £75million – 25 times the amount they paid in 2014 for the 26-year-old. It remains to be seen whether the large demand will be enough to keep Chelsea at bay.
Philippe Coutinho: A year after leaving Liverpool and the Brazilian could soon be evaluating his future at Barcelona, the Mirror reports. After an unsettled start, Manchester United are reported to be keeping tabs on the 26-year-old should he become available at the end of the season.
Nathan Ake: Two years after leaving Stamford Bridge for Dean Court, the 23-year-old Bournemouth defender could find himself back at Chelsea as his former club considers triggering a buy-back clause, the Sun says.
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