Liverpool Draw Up Four Man January Wish-List to Replace Injured Lucas Leiva

Anfield side lines up move to replace Brazilian battler.

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Liverpool are being linked with a shock January raid on Manchester United midfield target Sandro, according to reports.

The Metro claims Kenny Dalglish has highlighted the Brazilian as a possible replacement for Lucas Leiva, who is set to miss the rest of the season after picking up an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the Carling Cup.

Sandro has fallen down the pecking order at Spurs following the arrival of Scott Parker in the summer transfer window, and agent Luiz Paulo Chignall admits nothing can be ruled out at the present time.

“In football you can never rule anything out, though, with it possible that negotiations will see all parties reach an agreement. Many clubs have contacted me for information on his situation, but there has been no official proposal,” he’s reported as saying in the paper.

Dalglish is claimed to be ‘pondering’ a move for the 22-year-old, who impressed in the Barclays Premier League last season and has experience at the right level should Liverpool turn to the former Internacional starlet.

Jay Spearing is currently being tipped to fill the void at Anfield after Lucas joined skipper Steven Gerrard on the treatment table, with the Liverpool boss being coy over any possible activity during the transfer window.

Seydou Keita, Lassana Diarra and Yann M’Vila have also been linked with Liverpool moves, and Sandro is the latest name to be added on a speculative hitlist.

SOURCE: Give Me Football – Official PFA Website

Lucas Leiva had become a crucial player at Anfield before he suffered the cruciate ligament injury that will rule him out for the rest of the season and now Kenny Dalglish must look to bring in a suitable replacement when the transfer window re-opens next month.

Of those reported by this source, some are more ideal options that others.

Tottenham defensive midfielder Sandro may well be the best of this quintet as he fits Liverpool’s current policy of signing youthful additions and the fact that the White Hart Lane is prevented from getting regular first team football at the North London club by the summer arrival of Scott Parker. Harry Redknapp may take some persuading to sell the Brazilian international to a direct rival to their top four ambitions.

Seydou Keita is 31 and will be competing at the African Cup of Nations with Mali so will be out for at least a month so is not really an option. Lassana Diarra is unlikely to leave Real Madrid in January as he has started to get more first team action of late and is sharing first team duties with Sami Khedira and performing well when called upon.

Yann M’Vila is another young midfielder who could well be an options for Liverpool and is a player that director of football Damien Comolli is reportedly keen on. Arsenal are also chasing the Rennes man.

Liverpool are very likely to dip into the January transfer market to bring in another defensive midfielder because it seems the central midfield options that Dalglish has in his squad are not the most defensively minded. The likes of Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson do not offer much in the way of tough tackling and though Jay Spearing is a player of the right type he is perhaps too raw to be considered for a regular first team spot.

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