Charlie Adam could be a Liverpool player this week, according to reports this weekend. The Scottish midfielder is believed to be subject of an £8m ‘take it or leave it’ offer from the Reds.
Liverpool are seemingly frustrated with Blackpool seeking to get nearer £12m for the midfielder – who has only one year remaining on his contract – and are keen to move onto other targets if the Championship side refuse their offer.
Adam, 25, is also a target for Spurs and Man United – something Blackpool are attempting to use in their favour to get more money for their man.
Another man who could be joining Adam at Anfield is Aston Villa midfielder Stewart Downing. Some reports suggest the former Boro winger will hand in a transfer request in order to force through a move.
Another midfielder who has entered the ‘rumour mill’ is Toulouse’s Moussa Sissoko. The 21 year-old Frenchman’s agent claims negotiations are “ongoing” with Liverpool, along with Inter Milan and Newcastle.
One player who somewhat surprisingly – given his performances last season – who looks set to leave is Raul Meireles. The Portuguese midfielder is reportedly disappointed that the club’s new owners are not willing to fulfill an agreement that was made with the previous management structure at the club when he signed from Porto for £10m.
£13m is the price being reported that the player could leave for, with Serie A side Juventus said to be interested. At 28, Meireles’ re-sale value will depreciate in the coming seasons, and with the arrival of Jordan Henderson, possible return of Alberto Aquilani, likely purchase of Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing – Liverpool are more than well staffed for central midfielders.
Meanwhile, The Sunday Times report Steve Clarke turned down the opportunity to return to Chelsea as assistant manager, in order to remain as first team coach at Liverpool. Clarke was brought in when Kenny Dalglish returned to the club in January and played a key role in getting the Reds season back on track.