LIVERPOOL TRANSFER RUMOURS: Carroll, Dempsey, Allen and Callejon Discussed In Latest Speculation

 @JasonLeMiere
on July 12 2012 5:04 PM
Andy Carroll
Despite scoring in both the semifinal and final of the FA Cup last season, Andy Carroll's days at Anfield look numbered, Reuters

The future of striker Andy Carroll continues to dominate the topic of conversation around Anfield. With Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers all-but admitting that he is prepared to consider offers for the 23-year-old England international, the focus in the media now is on the clubs lining up to take Carroll off their hands.

The Sun claims that newly-promoted West Ham are closing in on a season-long loan deal, with a view to a £15 million permanent deal if all goes well. Rodgers is said to be eager to remove at least part of Carroll's £80,000-a-week wages from the club's expenditure to free-up space for the former Swansea boss to reshape the squad at Anfield.

A deal that may prove even more appealing to Rodgers is a cash plus Clint Dempsey offer from Fulham for Carroll. The Guardian are claiming that the deal, to include around £9 million, could be put on the table in the coming days.

Rodgers is thought to be keen on adding U.S. international Clint Dempsey to his ranks and sees the goal-scoring midfielder as more useful to his plans than powerful-front-man Carroll. Dempsey is entering the final year of his contract at Craven Cottage and has made no secret of his desire to move to a bigger club.

With Rodgers to insist on a short-passing game at Anfield, he is likely to be seeking to recruit players adept at that particular attractive style of play. It is no surprise then that Liverpool have been linked with a move for the man who was so integral to carrying out that approach at Rodger's former club Swansea.

Speculation claiming that Joe Allen will be lured away from the Liberty Stadium this summer by his former manager has increased in recent days. According to new Swansea boss Michael Laudrup no contact from Liverpool has yet been forthcoming and nor would it be welcome.

I want Joe to stay here because he is very important for the team, Laudrup said, according to Sky Sports. As far as I know, we have heard nothing from Liverpool.

If it is more than just rumors then I'm sure the chairman will talk to me about it.

Of course we want to keep our most important players and I would not welcome any interest in our best players. But it is part of the game.

Liverpool will also meet strong resistance if they seek to pursue another of their reported targets, Jose Callejon. The Real Madrid wide forward started just five games in La Liga last season, but appeared in a further 20 matches as a substitute.

And it appears that the 25-year-old Spaniard remains part of Jose Mourinho's plans at the Bernabeu.

There are several teams that want to Callejon, the player's agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon said, according to Sky Sports.

But the club will not sell, Callejon is not transferable.

Rodgers is believed to be looking to recruit a player capable of playing on the right of a front three, with Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini expected to fill the other two positions.

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