Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has claimed that the club still has transfer targets in their sights in this month’s transfer window and that they have the finances available to make further signings.
The comments come amid reports in Scandinavia that Liverpool have agreed on a £4 million fee with Molde for Norwegian defender Vegard Forren. However, according to the Liverpool Echo, as well as other British outlets, no deal has yet been agreed with the 24-year-old, and instead the player will merely be training with the Reds from Tuesday with a view to a permanent move.
Forren has claimed the Norwegian title with Molde for the past two seasons and has been linked with Manchester United, Fulham and Everton. The Tippeligaen is currently in its offseason, affording Norwegian international Forren the opportunity to head to Liverpool on trial.
With Jamie Carragher now aged 34 and Sebastian Coates having struggled to make an impression on the Liverpool first team, Forren would likely provide competition for Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel.
Having already brought in Daniel Sturridge this month, Ayre confirmed that there were more players on their radar.
“Everyone who operates in January knows it is always a difficult window, but we will do what we can,” he told Sky Sports. “We have got targets in sight and if we can resolve those great, if not then we will move onto summer and do what we need to do.
"We don't have any issues with finances, it is about doing what is best in the long-term interests of the football club, always," he added.
It doesn't appear that one of those targets is Wesley Sneijder, with Sky Sports also reporting that their sources believe Liverpool have no interest in the unsettled Internazionale attacking midfielder.
Sneijder, 28, is currently stalling on a move to Galatasaray, with it widely believed that he is holding out for a move to the Premier League. The Sunday People reported that Liverpool had made a late bid to sign the Netherlands international.
While Sneijder’s transfer fee—reportedly around £8 million—would likely be affordable to Liverpool, his age and high wage demands always made a move to Anfield unlikely.
It appeared several weeks ago all but a done deal that Blackpool winger Tom Ince would complete a speedy return to Liverpool. The saga continues to drag on, though, with Liverpool reportedly yet to increase their initial bid of £5 million.
The Times now believes that Swansea could step in and offer around £7 million for the England Under-21 international. Ince, 20, only joined Blackpool from Liverpool for just £250,000 18 months ago.
In recent months there have been surprise suggestions that Liverpool could make a bid to bring Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes to Anfield in the summer. The 31-year-old, who has been a virtual ever present in Barcelona’s success over recent seasons, has just 18 months remaining on his deal at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta, though, has denied that Valdes is eager for a change of scenery.
“He has not said to us that he would like to go,” he said, according to TalkSport. “The negotiations are not broadcasted and have not been settled yet.
"We have spoken about general issues. It is hard to find another goalkeeper for Barcelona while we still have Victor.”