Another long-awaited departure set to be confirmed as Benitez lets this England man leave for pastures new, which could mean a move to either Stoke City or West Brom.
Liverpool goalkeeper Scott Carson could become Stoke’s first summer signing after travelling to the Britannia for talks over a £4million move.
Tony Pulis is hoping to complete “one or two” transfers before taking his squad to Austria this weekend and Carson could be the first new arrival.
The Potters face competition from fellow Premier League new boys West Brom, who have also agreed a fee with Liverpool, and the Sunday Mercury claims the 22-year-old would favour a move to The Hawthorns.
However, Stoke will hope that Carson’s decision to hold talks with them first means he actually wants to make the shorter trip down the M6 to North Staffordshire.
The fee for the England international is believed to be an initial £3million plus a further £1million in add-ons – some £6million less than the figure Aston Villa were quoted for him 12 months ago. (Teamtalk.co.uk)
Whilst the high-profile error against Croatia will linger long in the memory, the former Leeds keeper is a pretty solid performer. Rafa Benitez made it clear that the England international was not part of his plans, so it’s only fair to let him leave to further a career that will surely be bright. Carson will have his hands full at either Hawthorns or the Britannia, as both will no doubt be struggling to keep clean sheets this coming season. Do Liverpool fans wish that Rafa gave Scott a chance at Anfield or was the Spaniard right to offload him?