While the much speculated blockbuster signing of Wesley Sneijder never materialized, an attacking midfielder from Internazionale could still be on his way to Anfield. Rather than the experienced Netherlands international, who has now completed a move to Galatasaray, Liverpool instead have their eyes on the Brazilian 20-year-old Philippe Coutinho.
Various outlets have reported that Liverpool have already had one bid rejected by Inter, for anywhere between £6.75 million and £8 million. According to Sky Sports, the clubs are still in negotiations with a deal likely to be completed imminently. The report suggests that an agreement could be reached for £8 million.
There may still be plenty of negotiating to do, however, with CNN’s Italian correspondent Tancredi Palmeri claiming that Inter are not keen to sell the player they signed from Vasco da Gama in the summer of 2010.
A highly-skilled player who has been deployed in a range of offensive midfield roles, Coutinho has won one cap for Brazil. He has been far from a regular in the Inter side, although he is viewed as a potential star of the future.
Liverpool have also be in negotiations to bring Blackpool winger Tom Ince back to Anfield this month, yet it appears talks are now at an impasse. The Liverpool Echo reports that the Reds value the 20-year-old at £6 million, which, because of a 35 per cent sell-on clause inserted in the deal that took Ince to Blackpool 18 months ago, effectively makes their offer £4 million.
The Championship club are believed to be after an extra £2 million, something which Liverpool are not prepared to pay. It appears the Reds could play hard ball in the knowledge that Ince has entered the final 18 months of his contract. It remains to be seen if the reported interest from Swansea will force Liverpool’s hand, however.
If a move for Ince does not pan out, Liverpool could move for Dinamo Moscow winger Balazs Dzsudzsak. The Hungary international has been linked with the Reds in recent times. Despite the 26-year-old claiming he would be open to a new challenge, his agent has dismissed such talk.
"We read this rumor and could not comprehend it," Jozsef Vorosbaranyi said, according to Sky Sports.
"Balazs Dzsudzsak is a Dinamo player and we deny these rumors that he'd leave Moscow. These false stories can be harmful."
Liverpool have also been cited as one of a number of suitors for Nordsjaelland center back Jores Okore. Brendan Rodgers recently had his attempts to bring Norwegian defender Vegard Forren to the club on trial with a view to a permanent move as the former Molde man instead signed for Southampton.
That may mean Okore, who has also been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea, comes into the reckoning. And, according to his agent, the 20-year-old would be open to a transfer this month.
"These are only rumors,” Nikola Juric told Calciomercato. “Negotiations Ongoing with any club? No comment.
"Obviously, Jores would like to prove himself in more competitive leagues, but we have no hurry. It could happen in January or in the summer.
"He is an intelligent guy and a model professional. The only thing I can say for sure is that any choice won't be made for economic reasons. We seek a project and not the money."
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