Anfield side ready to make big offer for Black Cat.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish made a new £18.5 million bid for Sunderland’s England under-21 midfielder Jordan Henderson on Sunday.
Dalglish increased his opening offer from last week by almost £5 million as he goes for a quick deal, hoping to tie up Henderson as the Kop’s first summer signing before the European finals start this weekend.
Henderson is waiting on the call to head for Merseyside for talks and a medical – although Sunderland believe they may yet get more out of the Anfield club.
Sunderland insiders are shocked by how quickly Liverpool have upped their offer. They were thinking of a £16 million sale, but now their negotiators reckon they may get even more.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
If Liverpool are to land Sunderland’s promising midfielder they must of course beat Sir Alex Ferguson to the punch as the Old Trafford boss is said to be very interested in the England international and may well offer a player or two to persuade Steve Bruce to sell.
Kenny Dalglish is looking to bring in youthful addition to his Anfield squad this summer as he looks to build a new generation of quality at the Merseyside club and a move for Henderson would greatly enhance Liverpool’s midfield not just in the future but also the present.
The local born Black Cat has shown maturity beyond his years at the Stadium of Light and the 20 year old started all but one of Sunderland’s Premier League matches last term and his growing reputation has made him a firm part of Fabio Capello’s England set-up and will be part of Stuart Pearce’s England Under 21 side that takes part in the European Under 21 Championships in Denmark next month.
Having brought in Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez in January Liverpool’s owners appear more than happy to finance further moves in the transfer market and will look to make an offer that will tempt Sunderland into selling.
Dalglish has populated his squad with a smattering of quality young talent coming through the club’s youth academy, such as Martin Kelly, John Flanagan and Jack Robinson alongside such talent are players that the club’s scouting system has sought out from elsewhere with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jonjo Shelvey promising much for the future.