Anfield boss still looking to trim squad.
Having spent over £50m on new signings this summer and reportedly still in the hunt for more additions, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is keen to see a number of the club’s squad players offloaded before the transfer window closes. Having already offloaded Milan Jovanovic to Anderlecht and Sotirios Kyrgiakos to Wolfsburg, the Scot hopes to sell four more players this month.
Joe Cole, Christian Poulsen, David N’Gog and Alberto Aquilani are all strongly linked with Anfield exits and Dalglish would prefer if all departed on permanent deals but may be forced to accept temporary moves as time is of the essence.
Former Chelsea man Cole has barely featured in the first team since Dalglish arrived in January and his £90k a week wages are a cause for consternation and interest from QPR appears to have gathered momentum following the arrival of new chairman Tony Fernandes. Boss Neil Warnock has stated his interest in the 29 year old publicly and will hope to bring in the attacking midfielder this month to help boost the club’s chances of retaining their spot in the top tier this term.
Christian Poulsen has registered his dissatisfaction with life at Liverpool and is another player who Dalglish wishes to sell and there appears to be plenty of interest coming from his native Denmark as well as a few sides in the Bundesliga. The 31 year old former Juventus man has made just nine Premier League starts for the club.
Striker David N’Gog is perhaps the player among the four closest to sealing a move away from Merseyside with the former PSG man reportedly nearing a move to Bolton. Some reports suggest that the forward may be used as part exchange for defender Gary Cahill but that speculation has not been confirmed. However a £4m fee may be agreed to take the 22 year old to the Reebok Stadium.
Alberto Aquilani has stated that he is very near to securing a move to AC Milan with the San Siro side upping their original offer from a reported £5.7m up to nearer £8.5m, a fee that Dalglish is willing to accept to help balance the books.
Dalglish has thus far brought in Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Doni, Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique but may be in the market for one more significant capture. There is much talk that the sixth player to arrive this summer may well be local born centre back Scott Dann who is supposedly near to a St Andrews’ exit.