Liverpool Transfer News: Weimann, Ochoa, Martinez And Ince Discussed In Latest Speculation

 @JasonLeMiere
on March 27 2013 4:32 PM
Guillermo Ochoa
Guillermo ochoa has made over 50 appearances for Mexico. Reuters

Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has said that he is aware of reports of interest in him from Liverpool, but is remaining calm about the situation.

There has been increasing speculation that the Ajaccio stopper is being targeted by Liverpool as a potential replacement for Pepe Reina next season. Ochoa started Mexico’s two recent World Cup qualifiers with the United States and Honduras with some claiming that he played ahead of rival Jose Corona to try and get him to the requisite percentage of appearances to make him eligible for a work permit in England.

Ochoca, 27, has said that he is currently happy at his Ligue 1 club.

 "I only know what is said sometimes in the press,” he told Mexican outlet Mediotiempo.

"I have heard in Mexico that there is a type of interest from Liverpool but I have to let things happen."

"Ajaccio are getting better each day and we all feel that we are doing our work correctly in the first division,” he added.

While Reina has been the undisputed number one at Anfield since arriving in 2005, there has been talk that manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring in a replacement after some costly errors by the Spain international.

In addition to Ochoa, another Liverpool target, Tom Ince, has been similarly relaxed when discussing his future. Ince left Anfield for Championship side Blackpool in the summer of 2011 and was thought poised to re-sign for Liverpool in the January transfer window.

A fee couldn’t be agreed between the clubs then, however it is believed that Rodgers will return for the 21-year-old in the summer when he will have just a year remaining on his contract. But Ince, who has scored 18 goals this season, is in no rush to make a big move.

 "It's great having that speculation and it's very flattering,” he admitted, according to the Sun.

"Every player wants to play at the top level but that comes with time and patience.

"I've just turned 21. I need to make mistakes and learn from them. "I need to make sure that if I go to the Premier League, I am ready to go."

There is also speculation that Liverpool will move for Aston Villa forward Andreas Weimann in the close season. The 21-year-old Austria international has become a regular in the Premier League this season, scoring 11 goals in all competitions.

Citing stories in Austria, Metro reports that Weimann has rejected an offer of a new contract at Villa Park. Weimann will have just a year remaining on his deal this summer and Liverpool are said to believe that they can secure him for just £5 million.

Speculation elsewhere, though, suggests that Liverpool will look add to their forward line with the signing of Porto striker Jackson Martinez. The Colombia international was strongly linked to the Reds last year before he moved to Portugal.

Martinez has been a big success since, scoring 23 goals in as many games in the Portuguese Liga. TalkSport now reports that Liverpool could reignite their interest but will likely have to compete with European giants Manchester United, Juventus and Milan. 

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