LIVERPOOL FC have been linked with a string of deadline day deals as Brendan Rodgers hopes to fill the Andy Carroll-shaped hole in the club’s forward line after the Geordie joined West Ham United, initially on-loan last night.
The Hammers’ original offer of £2million up-front, with a further £17million being paid upon confirmation of their survival in the Premier League this season, was finally accepted by the Reds, with the London club also covering Carroll’s full wages – thought to be around £80,000 per week.
With deals for Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing also looking likely today, it now means Brendan Rodgers can attempt to bring in reinforcements before the transfer window slams shut tonight at 11pm. High on the agenda, as alluded to above, is a forward – with three stand-out names which the Reds have been linked with all summer have a real possibilities of making the switch to Anfield today.
It was thought with Carroll’s departure, the arrival of Fulham’s Clint Dempsey would be imminent; however the reliable Liverpool Echo claim that the Reds looked to offset payment for the US international by attempting to offer Jordan Henderson as a make-weight – something which the Liverpool player rejected. It is now thought Rodgers will have to stump up around £8 million if he still wishes to make that deal happen.
Speaking to the press, the Liverpool manager was hopeful that a replacement will be signed to bolster the attack before the deadline passes:
“I’ve been given as much confidence as I can possibly get that we will have someone to come in. I’ve said all along that I have Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini as front line strikers, and the young lads like Adam Morgan are getting experience, but between now and January I need more than that.
“Hopefully on Friday we can do some work and get something complete because we certainly need it. I am hoping for one or two. We need one, that’s for sure.”
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