Writer: Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Sunday August 12 2012
Liverpool finally seem to be making progress on the transfer front with Friday's capture of Joe Allen adding to the signing of Fabio Borini last month...
The purchase of Joe Allen from Swansea City was a long time coming due to the midfielder's participation at the Olympics with Team GB and some contractual haggling between the two sides.
Despite the 22-year-old Welshman's arrival, many fans will hope there are many more signings to come with the Premier League season less than a week away from kicking off.
Of Allen, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has had further words of praise telling the Liverpool ECHO yesterday: "This boy, when you see him play, you would think he was a European player.
"He is a unique player in that he is a British player who doesn't give the ball away.
"He's incredible on the ball. His body work and intelligence for a 22-year-old is frightening."
Despite having two new players now on the Anfield books, Borini arrived from Roma on July 13th, Rodgers has previously expressed his desire to add several others.
The need for new blood was already strong after last season's disappointing campaign which saw Liverpool finish 8th in the league, costing previous boss Kenny Dalglish his job in the process.
Since Rodgers officially took the helm on June 1st that need has grown vastly with a number of experienced first team members departing Anfield.
Craig Bellamy, who returned to Cardiff City at the end of last week, joined Alberto Aquilani, Maxi Rodriguez, Dirk Kuyt and Fabio Aurelio in walking out of the Shankly Gates as a Liverpool player for a final time.
Rodgers reiterated the need for further acquisitions a couple of days ago telling Liverpoolfc.com: "It's a little bit more complex but my intention is to bring in another few players. As I've always said, I'd love them to be here sooner rather than later but the most important thing is that they are here by the end of August. Then we will know the group of players we will be working with until January at least.
"We've got some good players and I want to give a lot of the players here a chance, but I know I need to bring in a number of players, even to replace the ones who have left. This is a club that people want to be at and hopefully they will come in over the next few weeks."
Weekend speculation mainly appears to be focussing, once again, on versatile Fulham attacker Clint Dempsey.
The 29-year-old American was heavily connected to Liverpool earlier this summer with Rodgers even admitting his interest in the player.
Now a deal finally looks to be in the offing, according to the Mirror and Daily Mail, with Reds midfielder Charlie Adam potentially heading to Craven Cottage in part-exchange.
The chances of a transfer appear to have increased with the Cottagers top scorer from last season reported to have clashed with Fulham manager Martin Jol in pre-season and subsequently left behind from a recent training camp in Switzerland.
Jol is also known to be making a £3m bid to sign former Liverpool striker David Ngog from relegated Bolton Wanderers which further enhances the chances he is preparing for life without Dempsey.
Elsewhere, other media reports also continue to link Arsenal's Theo Walcott (Metro), Manchester City's Adam Johnson and Nuri Sahin of Real Madrid with moves to Merseyside.
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Date:Sunday August 12 2012
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