Tuesday’s Transfer Rumours: Reds vs Rafa for striker?

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There’s still just over 2 months to go until the transfer re-opens for the mid-season flurry of activity, and this time Liverpool might actually have some money to spend!

But that doesn’t stop the rumour mill from churning out the transfer speculation. Make of it what you will.

Liverpool could be set to battle it out with former boss Rafa Benitez for the signature of 6ft 4in Hungarian striker Adam Szalai.

The 22-year-old is currently at German side Mainz, who thanks to his goals sit top of the Bundesliga and he also scored a hat-trick in Hungary’s 8-0 victory over San Marino earlier this month.

It is understood that Benitez was watching Szalai whilst at Liverpool. But the forward’s agent says there is no rush to find his player a new club.

“If there was an offer then it’s likely that we would consider it,” Oliver Fischer told Nemzeti Sport.

“But at the moment the most important thing is that Szalai is happy to play at his present team.

“No-one contests that Internazionale are a big club but the player is still very young, this is his first full season at Mainz and he has to progress.

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Another rumour in circulation today is that of the Reds being linked with a £14million move for England international winger Ashley Young.

The Aston Villa midfielder would help Roy Hodgson grow his homegrown contingent of players, however former Reds boss Gerard Houllier would be keen to keep hold of him.

There could be a Merseyside transfer battle for Dutch international striker Ibrahim Afellay of PSV Eindhoven.

Both Liverpool and Everton are said to be interested in the 24-year-old, who PSV are reported to have put up for sale.

Afellay was recently quoted as saying, “Playing in the Premier League would be best for my prestige. I’d like to play forLiverpool or Manchester United, the top-level prospect for any player.”

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The Reds have also been linked to 22-year-old Portuguese international wing-back Fabio Coentrao.

Hodgson could work with Raul Meireles to bring the Benfica defender to the club, who would most likely be first choice left-back.

And stupid rumour of the day goes to the one linking Manchester Utd with an audacious January move for Pepe Reina.

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