January Transfer Window Day 9
Here’s today’s LFC transfer rumours and reports.
Kevin Grosskreutz – From Borussia Dortmund
Contract talks between player and club have apparently stalled, and Bild are claiming the 24 year old is nearing an exit from Die Borussen, where he has been an integral part of their back to back title winning squad.
Rodgers was said to be after the hard working winger back in November, and this news could see Liverpool’s interest intensify.
Grosskreutz is more of a runner than a creator, and his ability to get inside the box is something Liverpool have been crying out for this season. Given the fact that Rodgers has mentioned the need for a no.10 to add creativity to the team, having a player of this ilk in the front three would make sense.
With 18 months left on his contract, the idea of Dortmund being tempted to cash in seems quite feasible.
Modibo Diakite – From Lazio
As reported earlier, Liverpool are said to be interested in signing the 25 year old central defender. Since then contract talks have been held between player and club, but an agreement has not been struck.
According to The Metro Liverpool are now in advanced negotiations with the player, hoping to strike a deal which would see him join The Reds when his contract is up in six months.
Initial talks were held before Christmas, but broke down because of issues with wages and length of contract. Rodgers is now said to be willing to hand him a bigger sign-on fee if the Frenchman compromises on his demands.
Liverpool are currently a bit thin in defense, and with Jamie Carragher possibly retiring at the end of the season, a solid squad player will be needed to provide cover for Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger.
Tom Ince – From Blackpool
The Mexican standoff that has been the Tom Ince saga could now be closer to a solution, after Liverpool reportedly have upped their bid. Judging by sounds from the Blackpool camp they have not been in any hurry to sell, and Liverpool seemed to have backed off.
Reports are still conflicting on the matter, with The Telegraph claiming Liverpool will wait until the summer. However, according to the Daily Mail the bid has now been raised their bid from £4m to £6m, which should be enough to get the nod to start contract talks with the player.
Swansea have also reportedly made an approach, but backed off because of the asking price.
The young winger is clearly a talented player, and even though he may not be a signing many fans are too keen on this window he would still be a welcome addition as Rodgers seeks to reshape and bolster the attack.
And the rest:
According to Dutch newspaper Spits, Galatasaray have held talks with Inter about Wesley Sneijder, but the player is hesitant because of a rumoured approach from an English club.
Inter and Dortmund still appear to be the most likely destinations for Nuri Sahin. (Mail)