Thursday’s Rumours: Wright-Phillips in, Ngog out, shake it all about

This morning’s papers continue to add fuel to transfer fires with new names being linked with Liverpool left, right and centre.

In addition, there’s also growing speculation that Roy Hodgson will start his disposal of some of the so-called dead wood of the squad sooner rather than later.

So let’s do the transfer hokey-cokey. That’s what it’s all about.

Football - AaB Aalborg BK v Manchester City UEFA Cup Fourth Round Second Leg - Energi Nord Arena, Aalborg, Denmark - 19/3/09..Andreas Johansson of Aalborg in action with Manchester City's Shaun Wright Philllips (L Photo via Newscom

This morning’s Daily Mail suggests Liverpool face a three-way battle to sign England midfielder Shaun Wright-Philips. The other clubs looking for his signature are supposedly Arsenal and Spurs.

Either the Daily Mail has got Wright-Philips confused with Joe Cole, or the Manchester City midfielder is a consolation prize for whoever misses out on Cole. Either way, Arsenal and Spurs can offer Champions League football – and simple maths would tell you there’s not enough English wingers to satisfy all three clubs.

There’s growing speculation linking the Reds with a move for £6million rated Honduran international left-back Maynor Figueroa of Wigan. But the papers say this morning that Hodgson will only be able to make a bid for Figueroa if he can offload Emiliano Insua for a similar price.

Insua has been linked with a move to join Rafa Benitez at Inter Milan, and is also thought to have caught the eye of Fiorentina.

Apr. 22, 2010 - Madrid, SPAIN - epa02128227 Liverpool player David Ngog gestures during the UEFA Europa League semi final 1st leg match between Atletico Madrid and FC Liverpool in Madrid, Spain, 22 April 2010.

Another player who could be on his way out according to the papers is David Ngog, who could find his first team opportunities at Anfield limited further with the arrival of striker Milan Jovanovic this summer.

West Brom and Blackburn are reported to be keen on a loan move for the Frenchman. Ngog himself said of a possible loan move “I am not aware of it yet, but you never know.”

Meanwhile, Danish centre back Simon Kjaer has joined Steve McClaren’s Wolfsburg from Palermo. Danny Agger’s international team mate had been linked with a host of English clubs, including Liverpool.