Category Archives: Transfer News & Rumours

Do Liverpool Need Gary Hooper [Striker]

It was always going to be the case that all Liverpool fans feared but its only taken less than two months for Brendan Rodgers to face the striker nightmare. Asking your players to Man Up! unfortunately will not apply in this case. 

Borini was hurt during training ahead of Italy Under-21s’ Euro 2013 play-off with Sweden on Friday, the Liverpool Echo reported on its website Thursday. The immediate response from the media was swift with many taking the opportunity to foot the blame at Rodgers door. In contrast to some opinion there is little evidence to support the view that it was Rodgers who failed to deliver on transfer deadline day.

Speaking back in August he said ”  the summer transfer dealings “didn’t quite go to plan” but insists he was right to trim a bloated and overpaid squad and that “going forward a great deal of learning has taken place.”

“Every manager always wants more players but the reality of where the club is at their needed to be a little bit of surgery done on the squad,” he said.

Liverpool Will have no doubt been planning to balance the books, further credence to that has come with the news that Damien Comolli has now reached a financial settlement after his departure in April. The wage bill is likely to receive further surgery with the news that Alexander Doni is set to leave the club. Cutting the wage bill is by far the quickest way to generate transfer funds for January transfer window and  Doni is unlikely to be the last player to go before January 31st.

Liverpool today have been strongly linked to Celtic Striker Gary Hooper who Joined the Hoops in July 2010 for £2.4m from Scunthorpe United. A potential £7m in January is thought to be in the offing after it was claimed that Hooper is upset that numerous promises have been broken by the club regarding the new contract.

Hooper has all the main attributes to play as a striker, he is strong and can hold up the ball well. He is also a good finisher, he has been described as being a ‘penalty box striker’. However, he can also pass the ball well and this allows midfielders to play off him. He has received praise since moving to Scotland.

Newspaper The Daily Record described him as being one of the most skilled attackers in the SPL. They also said that he had shown that he could deal with the physical nature of the Scottish game, due to his ability to ride a challenge well. He is able to play the game at a very high tempo and has a very good first touch.

Stats ;

Celtic 2010–11 26 20 5 0 4 1 1 1 36 22
2011–12 37 24 3 1 4 2 6 2 50 29
2012–13 7 2 0 0 1 4 6 3 14 9
Total 70 46 8 1 9 7 13 6 100 60
Career total   352 151

Todays Transfer Rumour Round Up 11/10

Transfer Rumour Roundup
11/10/2012

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo – if the Blues fail in their attempts to sign Radamel Falcao.
Reports in Portuguese publications Record and A Bola claim that the interest of Manchester City in Falcao is putting manager Roberto Di Matteo off the player.Chelsea have been linked with a move for Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo – if the Blues fail in their attempts to sign Radamel Falcao.

LIVERPOOL boss Brendan Rodgers will look to solve his lack of firepower with a £14m bid for Galatasaray star Burak Yilmaz. Reports the Star.

According to Italian source CalcioMercato Inter Milan will look to lure Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin to the San Siro next summer.


Today’s Transfer Rumour Round Up 10/10

Transfer Rumour Roundup
10/10/2012

Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone has revealed he wants to move back to Italy one day – but only after he has become number one at the Emirates Stadium.

Inter Milan are hoping that they will be able to convince Arsenal to part with defender Bacary Sagna in the summer transfer window.
Chelsea lead Falcao chase
Debt-ridden Atletico Madrid have insisted that striker Radamel Falcao will not leave the club in the January transfer window, but ESPN understands that a move to Chelsea is the likeliest scenario for summer 2013.

BARNSLEY defender Rob Edwards has joined League Two club Fleetwood Town on a one-month loan deal.

Joshua King has insisted he is concentrating solely on progressing at Manchester United.Recent reports have linked King with Norwegian champions, Molde, managed by United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Liverpool are reportedly monitoring the situation of Hamburg forward Son Heung-Min as Brendan Rodgers makes plans to reinforce his goalscoring department in the January transfer window.
According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool are keen on the versatile forward – who can operate either through the centre or on the flank – as Rodgers strives desperately to recruit more firepower alongside Luis Suarez.


Today’s Transfer Rumour Round-up 09/10

With the January transfer window edging ever nearer The Touchline Times will be bringing you a daily transfer rumour round-up with all the news and gossip and coming and goings in the transfer merry go-round.

Tuesday 9th October;

Liverpool

Italian source TuttoMercato are today reporting that Liverpool are readying an ambitious move to lure Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez to Anfield.

according to tuttomercatoweb.com Liverpool are the latest Premier League club to be linked with a potential move for Torino centre-back Angelo Ogbonna. Various

Liverpool are eyeing up a move for Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen as a long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard, according to reports in Denmark. various

Liverpool are considering a January move for Palermo midfielder and reported Tottenham target Josip Ilicic, according to Calcio Mercato.

Italian source CalcioMercato claim that Liverpool are interested in Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who is in the final year of his contract at the Ligue 1 champions.

Birmingham

Former West Ham and Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop is set to sign a short-term deal with Birmingham.

Man Utd

MAN UTD STEP UP PURSUIT OF BLACKPOOL SENSATION INCE

A few weeks after the initial story first surfaced, new reports have claimed Manchester United have continued their interest in Blackpool midfielder Tom Ince.

Arsenal

Arsenal have reportedly joined Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph

Everton

Everton are reportedly on the hunt for a defensive midfielder, and Rincon is attracting interest from scouts at Goodison Park. John Cross of the Daily Mirror thinks his experience in German football helps to make him a genuine candidate.

Italian source TuttoMercato are today reporting that Liverpool are readying an ambitious move to lure Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez to Anfield.

Do you have any transfer news or rumours you want to share ? Have you spotted any of your dream signings in Tesco Extra! drop us a line ; lee@thetouchlinetimes.com


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