Twelve days into the transfer window and although speculation has been swirling, there’s still be no concrete evidence that a Liverpool signing is on the cards.
But that is to be expected. Aside from Daniel Sturridge‘s early transfer on 2nd January 2013, January transfers usually come towards the end of the month.
Any transfer inactivity doesn’t stop the Rumour Mill from churning though, and today speculation about players the Reds have been linked with before resurfaces.
Peters believes Liverpool may have to part with up to £8million to prise Ings away from the East Lancashire club, who are managed by Brendan Rodgers’ former colleague at Watford, Sean Dyche.
The England Under-21 international has been on fire for Burnley this season, having scored 20 goals in the opening 24 league games and Cup runs.
Burnley desperately want to keep the 21-year-old striker, but having sold Charlie Austin to QPR for £4m last summer, they know it could be difficult if an offer in excess of £5m is made during this transfer window.
The Clarets have just received a boost with Ings’ strike partner Sam Vokes signing a new contract to keep him at Turf Moor until 2017, and will be hoping they don’t have to part with top scorer Ings.
With Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Iago Aspas Liverpool’s only recognised forwards, Rodgers may be keen to bring in new striking talent, although Fabio Borini has impressed on his loan spell at Sunderland.
Meanwhile, another story being carried by the Daily Mail suggests Liverpool are eyeing up Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko
With talks stalling between Liverpool and Basel for Egyptian international Mohamed Basel, according to Simon Jones, Rodgers has turned his attentions to the 24-year-old Ukraine international.
Jones writes in Friday’s paper:
Yarmolenko has scored eight goals in 16 appearances in the league for Kiev this season, and has 14 goals in 38 caps for Ukraine.
Liverpool are continuing negotiations over Basle’s Mohamed Salah but are weighing up alternatives as the Swiss drive up the price.
Attentions are focussed on Liverpool’s Premier League trip to Stoke this Sunday, with Rodgers set to give his pre-match press conference at Melwood at 2pm on Friday afternoon.