Monday’s Papers: Transfer Rumours

With the January transfer window fast approaching, the daily papers are taking every opportunity to pounce on the little murmurings of transfer activity that may or may not exist. We take a quick look at this morning’s back pages to see what the latest Liverpool gossip is’¦

The Daily Mail suggests that Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp would rather swoop for former Red Peter Crouch than current striker Robbie Keane in January, despite strong rumours over the weekend linking Keane with a move back to White Hart Lane. Simon Johnson writes:

Keane, who scored 107 goals in six years at Tottenham, has had a miserable time since going to Anfield. He has netted just four times this season and was left out of the team against Blackburn on Saturday.

The Irish international angered the Spurs hierarchy when he handed in a transfer request after becoming aware of Liverpool’s interest and they are not planning on coming to his rescue.

This morning’s Daily Mirror says that Arsenal will reignite their ambitions to sign Xabi Alonso from the Reds, with Rafa Benitez looking to replace him with Aston Villa‘s Gareth Barry yet again, and Manchester City also now interested in the England midfielder.

Liverpool now face rivalry from newly-rich Manchester City, with Mark Hughes keen to land Barry next month – and with the money to outbid them in the market.

A massive tug-of-war is about to start with both Alonso and Barry involved – as they were in the summer – but now with a third club pulling in another direction.

Wenger sent top and trusted spy Steve Rowley to watch the Kop ace in scoring action against Blackburn Rovers at the weekend ahead of a £12 million move.

But with Alonso in such fine form, having just been voted TIA Player of the Month for November, all this speculation now seems a bit far fetched, surely?