January Transfer Window Day 5 – Rodgers after ‘new Alonso’

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January Transfer Window Day 5

Here’s today’s LFC transfer rumours and reports.

Melwood Training Ground

Benat Etxebarria – From Real Betis

The 25 year old Spanish international, who has been dubbed ‘The New Xabi Alonso’, has 18 months left on his contract and Rodgers could be tempted to try convince FSG to meet his buyout clause of €20m (around £16m) if he chooses to strengthen his midfield, according to TalkSport.

Eduardo Vargas – From Napoli

The 23 year old Chilean striker could be on the move this window. Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea are mentioned as possible destinations based on previous claims by his agent, Cristian Ogalde. According to TalkSport, Brazilian club Sao Paulo are also interested.

“I do not know if this is the last we’ll see of Vargas at Napoli,” Ogalde told Radio Gol. “That all depends on the club. It is very likely that he’ll leave though. That decision however, is entirely down to them. The player just wants to play again in order to feel important.”

Micah Richards – From Manchester City

According to TuttoMercato, Liverpool are interested in signing the versatile 24 year old defender. With Pablo Zabaleta being the clear first choice and Maicon providing more than decent backup, his opportunities at right back could be limited; and with the likes of Kompany, Lescott and Nastasic in the centre, he could be tempted to move in order to get more first team football.

Tom Ince – From Blackpool

After Liverpool’s initial interest seemed to cool down due to clubs not being able to agree on a fee, Ince senior has now joined Tom in showdown talks with Blackpool to push through a move. Yesterday The Mirror claimed Liverpool have made a £5m offer and are willing to go higher, but negotiations are made complicated because of the issue with the 10 per cent sell-on fee the player is due.

Ince played against Fulham in the FA Cup today, which could indicate he will stay put this window.

And the rest…

Liverpool are reportedly close to signing 21-year-old defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin from Valenciennes. PSG are also interested.

Palermo’s Slovenian playmaker Josip Ilicic has been linked to Liverpool, but the rumours have been rubbished by his agent.

Schalke’s central defender Benedikt Höwedes has put contract talks on hold. The Liverpool linked 24 year old has 18 months left on his contract.

Rumours circulating about Kevin Gameiro having agreed to join Liverpool on loan, but the move depends on whether PSG allow him to leave or not.

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