Liverpool Close In On Fantastic Value £17m Trio: Rafa Wants Top Notch Signings

Rafa Benitez plans move to bring talented threesome to Anfield.

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Russian football championship: CSKA Moscow 1-0 Amkar Perm

Liverpool are reportedly holding talks with CSKA Moscow over a possible move for Milos Krasic.

The Serbian winger has been linked with a handful of Premier League clubs over the past months, but Liverpool are now thought to be favourites for a possible January move.

25-year-old Krasic moved to CSKA Moscow from Vojvodina in 2004, making 136 league appearances for the Russian Premier League side since the switch. He has also gone on to earn international recognition, making 28 appearance to date for the Serbian national side.

It is his Champions League performances that have really caught the eye however, with a stand-out goal in the 3-3 draw with Manchester United providing a glimpse of his undeniable talent on the european stage.

Reports in the Daily Star claim that Rafa Benitez will look to secure a deal for the player, with negotiations between the two parties beginning last month.

The Reds would have to pay in the region of £12 million for the attack-minded player’s services, and departures might be needed at Anfield before the fee can be reached.

Krasic’s agent, Dejan Joksimovic, hinted at a possible Premier League move back in December, and Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are all thought to be monitoring the player.

“I think that if Krasic leaves CSKA in January, he is 90 per cent likely to go to England,” Joksimovic told Calciomercato. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)

Rafa Benitez is reported in the French press to be stepping up his pursuit of Marseille’s powerful left-back Taye Taiwo after Inter Milan showed an interest. Ideally Liverpool would prefer to wait until the summer to sign the powerful Nigerian but with Jose Mourinho ready to pounce, it would seem a deal will be pushed through as soon as Ryan Babel departs from Anfield.

Taiwo issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to the Premier League big four at the end of last season which alerted Liverpool who are in the hunt to add a left-sided defender to the squad following the departure of the disappointing Andrea Dossena. The Reds have had to rely heavily on Argentine youngster Emiliano Insua but ideally Benitez would prefer to introduce him gradually into the side. If Taiwo can be signed, the Nigerian and currently injured right-back Glen Johnson would provide Liverpool with two of the most attacking full-backs in the Premier League.

The player is confident in his ability which was perfectly illustrated by his comments to France-Football, “If I was to depart, then I would not join a small club. It will be Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal.”

The defender wants to test his ability to play against the very best in the Premier League as Taiwo’s comments illustrate, “I am not scared by the level in England. I believe I have the right level to defend against [Wayne] Rooney. (Football Pools)

Moroccan international Marouane Chamakh has alerted would-be Premier League suitors that he will not be extending his contract at Bordeaux.

Liverpool reportedly lead the chase for the 26-year-old although Arsenal are also keeping tabs in the knowledge that the striker is a free agent in the summer.

It had been reported earlier last week that Rafael Benitez had agreed a £25 million package to snap up the highly-rated forward who would join in the summer.

However, Liverpool have played down the reports and this could open the door to other potential buyers.

“I will not extend my Bordeaux deal,” said the striker. “I’ll know more this weekend when I’ve talked to my advisors. I believe things must be said quickly. I believe also that the club must be set.”

Chamakh has been an ever-present in Bordeaux’s league fixtures to date notching seven goals as Laurent Blanc’s men maintain their lead at the top of the table.

He struck 13 times in total last season as he helped les Girondins to their first league title in a decade.

Rafa Benitez and Arsene Wenger are on the look-out for strikers, but Chamakh is keeping everyone guessing. (Give Me Football)

Things look a lot brighter following our good performance, and more importantly three points, against Tottenham and these latest transfer targets all look like very decent acquisitions. Rafa Benitez is trying his best to bring in new additions to Anfield but clearly doesn’t have a shed load of cash to play with. These three however all seem to be very good quality relatively affordable targets.

The player that excites the most is CSKA Moscow’s playmaker Milos Krasic, a player with bags of talent and apparently very likely to leave Russia for a move to the Premier League. An attacking midfielder who can player across the midfield and effectively out wide he could be that added creativity we desperately need.

I rate Marseille Taiwo and always enjoy watching the Nigerian in action. Very good on the front foot the 24 adds a lot to the attack and even gets his fair share of spectacular goals but can also be called upon to do a solid job at the back and would hopefully adjust to the Premier League far better than Andrea Dossena.

Finally we have Marouane Chamakh. A player we have been linked with quite a bit in recent weeks the Moroccan will definitely leave Bordeaux this summer, unless the French side manage to win the Champions League, and it appears that Arsenal may be giving up on the player they have chase for quite some time.

Liverpool need to bring in maybe one or two players in January to give us more strength in depth for the second half of the season but after three wins and a draw from the last four tricky fixtures there is renewed hope we can make the top four and it is finally got to the stage where I do not dread the outcome of the upcoming matches.


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