Konchesky staying at Liverpool as Torres exit rumours mount

Talks between Fulham and Paul Konchesky have broken down, with the Liverpool left-back staying put at Anfield at least until the end of the season.

It was thought Konchesky would move back to Craven Cottage on loan until the end of the season, just five months into his career on Merseyside.

The 29-year-old hasn’t played for the Reds since Kenny Dalglish took over as manager from Roy Hodgson earlier this month.

Fulham boss Mark Hughes however did not rule out Konchesky returning to West London in the future.

“There is interest in Konchesky as well but it is not likely in this window,” Hughes said. “But there’s a chance we might revisit that one.

Elsewhere today, Liverpool are involved in a transfer war on three fronts.

Negotiations are ongoing to sign Ajax striker Luis Suzarez and Blackpool midfielder Charlie Adam, whilst The Guardian reports that Fernando Torres has asked Liverpool to negotiate a transfer fee with Chelsea following their rejected £40million move last night.

Sid Lowe and Andy Hunter report,

Fernando Torres has told Liverpool to sit down and negotiate with Chelsea, having reached the point at which he believes that a departure from Anfield is now the right move for his career. With just four days of the winter transfer window remaining the striker is aware that time is running out but he does not want to miss out on the opportunity to join Chelsea for a second time. He has urged the Fenway Sports Group to broker an agreement that is good for both player and club. There is not, however, a clause that will allow Torres to unilaterally break his contract.

However, the talk of Torres’ £50million buyout clause has had differing opinions throughout the day. Whilst The Guardian believe it not to exist, Tony Barrett of The Times told followers on Twitter otherwise.

Barrett also reassured fans that Torres has not publicly indicated he has any desire to leave Anfield.

Earlier this month, Torres was quoted as commiting his future to the club and at least seeing out his current deal, which keeps him on Merseyside until 2013.

He said, “My head is in Liverpool and on helping save our season. I am professional and I always fulfil my deals.

“I haven’t considered leaving, although in football that depends on the club.”

When asked about Chelsea‘ bid for the Spanish international, manager Carlos Ancelotti told press, “I don’t want to speak about this, you will have to ask the club. He is not my player and I have to have respect for Liverpool. I don’t like to speak about this.”

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