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Liverpool: Today's Transfer News (26/01/2013)

Liverpool: Today's Transfer News (26/01/2013)

Vital Liverpool brings you all the latest LFC related transfer news and gossip. See who's rumoured to be coming and going today...

With the January transfer window into its final few days we've decided to compile all the daily Liverpool-related news and gossip in one place. Vital Liverpool will also again have a live deadline day blog to bring you any last minute rumours and completed deals as they happen. Make sure you come back to this page regularly throughout the day as it will be updated as stories emerge and develop.

Previous Transfer News
Transfer News: 25/01/2013

Here's what's circulating today:


New Speculation

Name: Dieumerci Mbokani
Club: Anderlecht
Nationality: Congolese
Position: Striker
Value: £12-£17m

27-year-old Mbokani returned to Belgium football last season after a brief spell playing for Monaco and on-loan at Wolfsburg.

In 41 league games since the Congolese striker has bagged an impressive 29 goals to allegedly spike interest from Liverpool, Norwich, Southampton and Tottenham.

Anderlecht are reluctant to part with any of their key men midway through the current campaign, but concede that deals could be done in the summer.

Chairman Roger Vanden Stock told the club's official website: "Mbokani says he will remain until the summer. We have agreed that he can leave in June...

"English clubs have seen what Benteke [Christian, Aston Villa striker] is capable of and they know that Dieu is even better. A transfer fee of €10million (£8.5m)? I think it would be closer to €20million (£17m)."

Source: Sky Sports

Vital Verdict
Liverpool know first hand what Benteke is capable but even if Dieu is better it is very unlikely Liverpool would be interested given his age and perhaps more importantly the price quoted.

Likelihood (out of 5):

Name: Wilfried Bony
Club: Vitesse Arnhem
Nationality: Ivorian
Position: Striker
Value: £9-£12m

Liverpool are said to be one of a number of clubs across Europe ready to pounce after Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem revealed they are ready to sell in-form striker Wilfried Bony.

Chelsea and CSKA Moscow are also thought to be keen after Vitesse general manager Erwin Kasakowski admitted to national newspaper Algemeen Dagblad: "We have promised Wilfried that we will consider any serious offers from him that would take him a step higher."

The 24-year-old, who is contracted to the club until 2015, is currently away with the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations and has notched an impressive 16 goals in 18 league outings this term.

Source: TalkSPORT

Vital Verdict
Bony is a name that is often linked to the Premier League but seemingly Liverpool's attention has moved away from strikers since the purchase of Daniel Sturridge and return to fitness of Fabio Borini. A good player who needs to test himself in a stronger league but doubtful it will be with the Reds.

Likelihood (out of 5):

Previous Speculation Update

Name: Philippe Coutinho
Club: Inter Milan
Nationality: Brazilian
Position: Midfield
Value: £8-£10m

Liverpool's latest bid to sign Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho, believed to be worth £8.5m, has been accepted by Inter Milan tonight, we understand.

The club's original bid was turned down at the beginning of the week and a recent improved £7.6m offer received the same response.

Undeterred Liverpool's third bid, which saw the payment also restructured so the Italians received more money up front, appears to have been successful.

The player, who turned down the opportunity to discuss a transfer to Southampton, is expected to arrive on Merseyside for a medical at the beginning of next week.

Source: Liverpool ECHO

Vital Verdict
Courtinho, if it goes through, will be a good signing; his pace, skill and unpredictability could provide a great wildcard for the remainder of the season. Best position is behind a main striker however and given the usual 4-3-3 formation operated by Rodgers he may have to play out wide. Fits the model of new Liverpool signings in terms of age, price and sell-on value etc.

Likelihood (out of 5):


New Speculation

Nothing to report currently...

Previous Speculation Update

Name: Michael Ngoo
Club: Hearts
Nationality: English
Position: Striker
Value: Loan

Done deal

Liverpool U21 striker Michael Ngoo has joined Scottish Premier League outfit Hearts on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old is available to make his debut in today's Scottish Communities League Cup semi-final against Inverness.

Source: Liverpool FC

Vital Verdict
A good move for all parties. Ngoo is a talented player but is unlikely to experience first-team football at Liverpool any time soon.

Done deal

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Writer:Gavin Kelley-Day
Date:Saturday January 26 2013
Time: 10:23AM


Bony looks a player destined for the Premier League at some point in his career, however at Liverpool is just lazy journalism, not shocked really considering talk****** were the ones that came out with it. Coutinho is looking pretty close to being wrapped up and personally think is a real coup at 10 mil. The lads got a lot of potential. Must be nice for you Liverpudlians to see your club sign real potential rather than the mediocre Henderson, Carroll and Downing, that's certainly a sign that you're heading in the right direction.
26/01/2013 13:11:00
Also, not sure if it's a bit late to comment on but don't think Gerrard is wrong in calling for some world class quality to be brought in, no doubt it would improve morale to no end and give out the right signs to your players who should be winnign trophies (Suarez, Reina, etc) but world class talent isn't readily available and I'd be interested in hearing who he thinks Liverpool can realistically get, in what position and why.
26/01/2013 13:13:00
Agree with regards to Gerrard's comments about needing more experience. I think it was part of the reason we were genuinely interested in Sneijder but money is tighter these days and therefore more often than not it will be younger, unproven talents coming through the door. Not necessarily a bad thing I suppose, given our recent track record of £20-£35m signings! Building for the long-term is an understandable approach as is buying players with a good resale value (from a business perspective) but you do still need a balance. Even if a certain grumpy old Scotsman did once prove you can win things with a team mainly made up of kids!
The Bagman
26/01/2013 19:01:00
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