With the departure of Sotirios Kyrgiakos to Wolfsburg, and the Liverpool Daily Post reporting that David Ngog should make his move to Bolton Wanderers this week, I think it can be safely assumed that the Reds will be looking to bring in two replacements before the end of the transfer window. Kyrgiakos’s move to Germany came as a little bit of a surprise as there was no inkling before his departure that he would be leaving. Good luck to the Big Greek, he always did a solid job while playing for the Reds. As for Ngog, it would be good for him to get more game time and develop his game under Owen Coyle at the Reebok Stadium.
As for the two players possibly coming in, there has been a great deal of speculation but no concrete reports. King Kenny could go without buying another centre back with youngsters such as Danny Wilson and Martin Kelly ready to come in if there are injuries to either Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger or Martin Skrtel. Still, if our attempts to buy Phil Jones earlier this summer are anything to go by, I think it is likely that the Reds will attempt to pursue another centre back before the end of the window.
Gary Cahill is my preferred choice, as he is with the majority of Liverpool supporters, but it would seem nonsensical to me if any deal was done separately to the Ngog deal. Cahill only has a year left to run on his contract and Bolton will surely want to sell him before they lose him for nothing next summer, and with their interest in Ngog, a part exchange deal would be the most sensible option for both parties. The Reds have been demanding £4million for Ngog, and if we offered him plus £10m for Cahill then I don’t think the Trotters would be in a position to refuse. With Ngog’s deal seemingly likely to go through on its own this week though, such an exchange offer seems unlikely.
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