Friday, 25 July 2014

Paperwork...Yes paperwork delays Remy signing

Liverpool's bid to sign Loic Remy from QPR has stalled, but the £10.5million deal is expected to be completed next week.

The Reds have agreed the fee with QPR for the France international striker, who spent last season on loan at Newcastle, and the deal had been expected to be completed on Thursday.

However, Get West London have claimed the deal has been delayed "due to problems with the paperwork" and the transfer is now expected to be finalised after the weekend.

Remy has already passed a medical with Liverpool and has agreed a four-year deal, but it would seem as if the move will not be concluded until next week.

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New contract close for Liverpool captain

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is reportedly expecting Steven Gerrard to sign a new contract in the near future, according to Sky Sports News.

Gerrard’s current contract ends at the finish of the coming season, but the 34-year-old is expected to extend that deal for another season, taking him until the summer of 2016.

Given Gerrard’s decision to retire from international football for England earlier this week, Rodgers is of the opinion that the Liverpool captain can continue playing well beyond the end of the new season.

He said: ”I am very happy that Steven is now going to commit to Liverpool and I am sure that (his contract) is something that we will look at.

“He is in really good condition and I’m sure it is something that will happen at some point.

“Listen, for his own mind, I’m sure he will want it sorted out, absolutely. You never want to leave players with not too long to go on their contract.

“A lot has gone on at the club over the course of the summer. It is something I am sure will get sorted.”I know he can continue to play beyond this season. I have always said that. Now he doesn’t have international football, he will have that freshness.”

Rodgers has also confirmed that Pepe Reina, who spent last season on loan with Napoli, has returned to training with Liverpool, and there is no confirmation over where his future lies.

The Liverpool boss added: ”He’s back in training. Pepe made it clear last year where he is at.

“He is working well and there has been no real conversation as yet. He is just working hard to get fit and we will see what happens over the next few weeks.”

Liverpool have been active in the transfer market this summer as they look to build upon last season’s second place finish. They have signed Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Lazar Markovic. They also look likely to confirm the additions of Loic Remy and Divock Origi in the near future.

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Liverpool agree fee for Southampton's Lovren

Liverpool FC have agreed a £20million deal with Southampton for defender Dejan Lovren.

Following recent negotiations a fee has finally been agreed and Lovren is scheduled to have a medical in Liverpool on Saturday.

With the Reds moving on to Chicago on Sunday, the decision was taken not to fly him out to the States to complete the formalities.

The Croatian international has been Rodgers' top centre-back target of the summer and declared his determination to make the move.

Divock Origi has flown to Boston for his medical ahead of his £10m move from Lille but he won't be playing any part in the tour as he returns to the French club for a season-long loan.


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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Wisdom loaned to West Brom

Andre Wisdom has become West Brom's sixth signing of the summer courtesy of Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers singing the defender's praises.

England Under-21 international Wisdom has joined new head coach Alan Irvine's side on a season-long loan from Anfield.

Wisdom scored on his Liverpool debut in a 5-3 Europa League win over Swiss side Young Boys in September 2012, before going on to make a further 18 appearances that season.

Following three appearances for the Reds at the start of last season, the 21-year-old then joined Derby on loan for the season, starting 38 games, including the Sky Bet Championship play-off final defeat to QPR.

"I've spoken to Brendan, who I've known for a very long time and who I trust implicitly," said Irvine.

"He said Andre would do a good job for us. That was reassuring.

"You can see the player, but you want to find out what they are like as a person. Brendan spoke very, very highly about him."


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Monday, 21 July 2014

Lucas destined for Napoli loan move

Napoli are closing in on a loan move for Liverpool midfielder Lucas, who could be on his way to join former Reds manager Rafael Benitez in Italy.

Reports claim that the two clubs have reached an agreement over the move, which will also involve a permanent transfer clause that would be triggered once the player has played a certain number of games.

The Italian club are keen to lower the potential transfer fee, with Liverpool understood to want £10 million for the 27-year-old Brazilian – who has been left on the fringes at Anfield following the arrival of Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen.

Lucas made 20 Premier League starts last season, often battling for the midfield slot alongside captain Steven Gerrard, with Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen. And following the £10m arrival of the 20-year-old German Can, he could find his first-team opportunities reduced even further.

Benitez signed Lucas from Gremio in 2007, and the holding player has gone on to make 243 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring six goals.

He has made 24 appearances for his country to date, but failed to claim a spot in Brazil’s 2014 FIFA World Cup squad, and may need to move in order to boost his prospects of gaining further international caps.

Liverpool have also completed the signings of Southampton pair Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, as well as former Benfica winger Lazar Markovic so far this summer, and are believed to be close to sealing a deal for QPR striker Loic Remy.

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