Weak Nigel de Jong to Liverpool rumours full of football clichés

In one of those good old fashioned football clichés, Liverpool are “considering” a loan move for AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong, according to reports.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, January 25, 2012: Manchester City's Nigel de Jong scores the first goal against Liverpool during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Picture the scene: Brendan Rodgers has invited the rest of the Liverpool transfer committee around to his house. They sit, in fine dressing gowns and slippers, and ponder together by the roaring fire, cognacs in hand.

Soon they might even “weigh up” or “prepare” a bid for the 29-year-old Dutch international, as people in football tend to do.

Simon Jones of the Daily Mail knows all about this meeting of minds — Rodgers, Michael Edwards and Ian Ayre, “considering” the loan move for de Jong, who has made 69 appearances for his country.

Several other journalists have caught wind of the consideration too, although Jason Mellor of the Mirror believes it is Newcastle United who are “closing in” on a permanent deal for de Jong.

Trace back the origins of this rumour and you’ll most likely find it to be the work of Sports Direct News. No, we didn’t realise they did football news, as well as the alleged links to sweatshops either.

Richard Flynn, who works for Sports Direct News, says Liverpool have “entered the race” to sign de Jong. Another classic football cliché as Rodgers and co. ditch their cognacs for running shoes and take their place among the starters alongside Alan Pardew, Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley.

I think Liverpool’s men have the edge in this one.

Despite this, de Jong is not the worst shout in the world either. Liverpool have been dealt a blow in the news that Lucas Leiva will miss up to two months of action after, suffering medial ligament damage during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Aston Villa last weekend.

With many fans calling for a new central defensive midfielder anyway, Rodgers may be urged to think twice as we enter the closing days of the January transfer window.

As regards to de Jong, who incidentally has started 18 of Milan’s 20 Serie A games this season; maybe Sports Direct News will prove to be the oracle of inside information. But somehow I doubt it.

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  • http://www.bekkersblog.webs.com/ Liam Bekker

    Agree that there is probably nothing behind the rumors but De Jong would be the perfect signing actually. He is very physical and has bags of experience (including in the Premier League).

  • Alyas El Pistolero Ali

    Not so sure about this one, really tough tackler but not the best passer of a ball. I’m not sure he’d fit into BR’s style of football,

    • Shawn reid

      Not saying sign De Jong but even Bill Shankly had to change his style of play after Liverpool got whacked in europe by Ajax and Red Star sometimes you have to give a little to get what you want

  • Gano1

    Certainly the right type of player, physical and gets stuck in, can play the ball??.

    • Sash

      I agree. Gof a bit of mongrel in him which i like. Always liked the look of him at City.

  • Kid of Kop

    Pls buy a solid CM for 15-20m. This looks like some make up signing till end of season.. Plus he’s certainly not in the best of his form.. With Lucas out for 2 months and stevie tiring and allen getting injured often, a CM signing is a must..

  • CARR71

    picture this ,rodgers invites the transfer committee round to his house they sip there brandys ,play cards(snap) then go home no conversation no signings

    • LiverpoolsNo9

      Cynical, but the most likely outcome.

      • CARR71

        it may well be cynical but its day 22

  • ThunderBird Kop

    Ayre, Rodgers and Co knew or MUST have known since the Villa game (4
    days ago) that Lucas’s injury was BAD. The fact that today is Wednesday
    and they are yet to make an official bid for a DMF is a really bad sign
    of what their intentions possibly are. Luca’s injury was never a trivial
    one and this was evident from the way he had sat on the ground and from
    his expressions when he was talking to the medical staff. They cannot
    justify their provocative and self destructive delay in bidding for a
    DMF by saying that they were waiting for the final assessment on Lucas
    because it was never going to be a matter of a week or two.
    We will
    unfortunately miss for 2 months the third best player of the season
    behind Suarez and Hendo (he was even more vital than Sturridge in my
    opinion) and it was also possibly his best season since he came to
    Liverpool. He finally started looking like a proper modern DMF this
    year. No matter who you bring in now from another league it will be
    extremely diffcult for them to adapt to the pace and physicality of
    premier league football. Our selection should be a player who is already
    playing in the premier league with Yacob, Schneiderlin and Diame as the
    3 best and most feasible choices. Diame had a serious injury against
    City last night so it’s either Yacob or Schneiderlin.
    No DMF buy = No CL spot.
    Not to mention that we need on top of that at least 2 fullbacks but realistically we can and probably will get only one.
    9 Days left – the clock is ticking.

    • CARR71

      the clock is ticking ,heard you the first time;-)

    • http://www.thisisanfield.com This Is Anfield

      “The fact that today is Wednesday and they are yet to make an official bid”

      And you know this “FACT” how exactly? Did Brendan tell you?

    • iesg

      liverpool again will drag there feet like they did with willian&ericksen and missout again ian ayre is getting paid under false pretences

  • http://www.thisisanfield.com This Is Anfield

    I don’t believe a player’s age matters much in a loan move, quite the opposite in fact, he’d bring the experience needed.

  • Rizplanet

    No transfers yet…. sadly, i won’t blame FSG for this…

    Problem is, we spent ~30mn (Aspas, Alberto, Ilori, Mignolet) without addressing any of our pressing needs….

    I can reconcile with Mignolet thinking probably BR didn’t have enough time to sell Reina for a decent fee…

    I can also understand the need to build for the future… so prioritize, and buy 1 for the future (not 2) and 1 player for ~15mn who can go into the first team????

    Even if we have 10mn to spend in Jan, am not entirely convinced Salah is the best way to spend it….

  • Richard

    I think your missing the point were after Nigel de Jong Newcastle want Luke de Jong

  • Simon

    Because we’ve paid large sums of money for some truly awful players in the past who we haven’t been able to get off the books. Imagine if we’d signed Moses for 4 years on 60k, sound familiar? You’re thinking of Downing… Or Adam… Or a long, long list of others

  • Dave Cee

    LFC should have been in the race for Mata. That is a brilliant player whose talent is being wasted by Chelsea. I tell u, watch how Mata will improve Man U game if he joins them.

    • Andres Carmona

      Yeah, because Chelski will be sooo willing to sell to us.

  • Andres Carmona

    He’s better than not signing a DM at least.

  • RyanJ

    Wiki says he is a Liverpool player. So obviously its absolutely, definitely, positively true