Liverpool News And Transfers Mauro Icardi Transfer Battle Set As Reds And Chelsea Prepare 32m Bids
Liverpool news and transfers: Mauro Icardi transfer battle set as Reds and Chelsea prepare £32m bids?
Here”s all the latest Reds stories from today”s Daily Mirror…
Lallana”s Liverpool return
Adam Lallana could make a shock return from injury for Liverpool against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Brendan Rodgers feared Lallana would be out for a month when he injured his thigh against Leicester on New Year”s Day.
But the England playmaker is ready to get back training two weeks ahead of schedule and Rodgers says he could feature at Villa Park.
"He was playing very well and had settled into the club well before he was injured," said the Reds boss.
"He”s ahead of schedule in terms of rehabilitation and we are hoping he can join the group tomorrow in training."
Read more on Lallana right here.
Origi to Liverpool this month?
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Liverpool are in talks to bring Divock Origi to Anfield this month.
The Belgian youngster signed with the Reds for £10million in the summer before being loaned back to Lille for the remainder of the season.
But with Daniel Sturridge out and Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli failing to fire Kop boss Rodgers is keen to for more firepower to his misfiring front line.
"There have been discussions," said Rodgers when asked if the club were trying to cut short his loan and bring him to the club before the February 2 deadline.
Read more on Origi right here.
Lucas is going nowhere, says Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers has told Inter Milan to forget about trying to sign Lucas Leiva because he is too important for Liverpool.
Lucas” return to the team at the end of November has been key in Liverpool”s revival.
Inter are preparing a cash bid for the Brazilian midfielder, but Rodgers insists selling him now would only unsettle his team.
"No, he is not one that we would want to lose in January," said the Liverpool boss. "There will be speculation over the course of the month on a lot of players, but that is not something I would be willing to do in January."
Read more on Lucas right here.
Hammers are on Song
Offside Sports PhotographyTwists and turns: West Ham are confident they lead the way for Song”s signature
West Ham are confident that Liverpool will not beat them to the signing of Alex Song.
The 27-year-old midfielder – who spoke earlier this season of growing up idolising Kop hero Steven Gerrard – has been hugely impressive since moving to Upton Park on loan from Barcelona in the summer.
So much so that the Hammers already have a lucrative deal on the table to entice him to commit his future to the club.
Song, however, wants to play in the Champions League next season and is delaying his decision until the end of the current campaign. That has allowed the Anfield giants to express their interest.
Read more on Song right here.
Brendan Rodgers has recalled Jordon Ibe from his successful loan spell with Derby because he feels he is ready for Liverpool”s first team.
Ibe, 19, joined Derby on a season-long loan deal in August and played 24 games for Steve McClaren”s side to help them to second in the Championship.
Rodgers has been following the teenage winger”s progress closely and feels he can make an impact at Anfield over the second half of the campaign.
Liverpool are challenging on four fronts and Rodgers believes Ibe, who has been likened to Raheem Sterling, will get opportunities to continue his development with the Reds.
Ibe has made three senior appearances for Liverpool so far, two in the Premier League and one in the League Cup.
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£32m battle for Icardi?
Liverpool are set for a £32million transfer war with Chelsea to sign Inter Milan”s Mauro Icardi, according to the Daily Star.
Icardi has 19 goals in 40 games since making the switch to the San Siro from Sampdoria in 2013 – and he is reportedly wanted by Brendan Rodgers to lead the line at Anfield.
The 21-year-old is a former product of the Barcelona academy, while Chelsea are also reported to be chasing the signature of the highly-rated Argentinian.
Gerrard”s loan return?
2015 Liverpool FCHomecoming: Ian Ayre says he could bring Gerrard back to Anfield
Liverpool are already in talks to bring Steven Gerrard back to Anfield on loan next season, according to Metro.
Gerrard will leave Anfield to begin an 18-month stint at LA Galaxy at the end of the current season and his return to the club has not been ruled out by officials at the club.
"It’s conceivable," admitted chief executive Ian Ayre.
"It happens a lot in MLS and it’s something we talked to Steven and his representatives about.
"The fact that he’s leaving at the end of the season doesn’t mean it’s the last we’ll see of him at Liverpool."
Ryan flattered with links
Mat Ryan has been talking about being linked with a move to Liverpool.
The Club Brugge goalkeeper has been touted as a possible alternative to Simon Mignolet – and the 22-year-old admits that he is flattered with the links to Anfield.
He said: “I mean you had that stuff before the World Cup with Real Madrid and all that, I still don’t know if it was true or not.
“I mean obviously it’s nice to be associated with a club like that but if it’s meant to be then it will happen in the future.
"I’ve always had the attitude [that] if I continue to work hard and not worry about that sort of thing now then it will sort itself out in the future if it’s meant to be.”
Reus snubs England
Martin RoseIn demand: Marco Reus is wanted by a host of top European clubs
Premier League clubs are set to miss out in the signature of Marco Reus, as he has reportedly signed a five-year deal at Real Madrid, according to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.
The Dortmund winger is available for just £20million at the end of the current season and a host of the league”s top teams have been linked with a move for the World Cup winner.
But Los Blancos appear to have a deal to sign him wrapped up, meaning that Liverpool, Arsenal and co have failed in their attempts to bring him to England.
Muller move unlikely
Bayern Munich have rejected a £45million bid for Manchester United for their striker Thomas Muller, who is also wanted by Liverpool and Arsenal, according to the Daily Star.
Muller has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League and Louis van Gaal has reportedly been trying to lure the German to Manchester.
But Pep Guardiola is prepared to reject any approach that an English club make for Muller, with both Liverpool and Arsenal reported to be watching any movement that the German striker makes.
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