Liverpool Close In On £18m Attack Pair

Anfield side confident of landing much needed reinforcements.

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Liverpool pin hopes on £12m Sturridge and £6m Ince after hitting Walcott hitch

Liverpool are confident of finalising a £6million deal for Blackpool’s Tom Ince and will look to add Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge for a further £12m.

Arsenal’s reluctance to sell Theo Walcott in January, regardless of his contract negotiations, will delay any possible move from Liverpool until the summer, although the player may yet receive offers from elsewhere with Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester City keen.

Ince, 20, left Liverpool for £250,000 compensation in August last year and has 18 months left on his contract. He has attracted attention from other clubs but Liverpool are willing to pay the asking price.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

Liverpool could well do with reinforcing their attack and Brendan Rodgers has clearly earmarked moves for a pair of players he feels are ideal for the job. Both Tom Ince and Daniel Sturridge fit the club’s youthful transfer policy and would not cost the earth to bring to Anfield.

Rodgers has a threadbare attack that has been reduced to just a single option, Luis Suarez, with Italian Fabio Borini out with a foot injury and though Liverpool have hit a good run of form it’s clear that the Northern Irish manager has a very real lack of strength in depth.

He has had to count on youngsters like Raheem Sterling, Suso and Andre Wisdom to make an instant impact after being thrown in at the deep end but knows that there is a danger that his teenage talents could suffer from a burn-out as a result.

Daniel Sturridge has barely had a look in this season and come January it will be clear if Rafa Benitez is likely to offer the England man the regular first team football Roberto Di Matteo wasn’t willing to hand the former Man City man.

Chelsea may be willing to sell the 23 year old if he doesn’t fit in with the club’s long term plans and the funds from any sale could be put towards further January additions that may better suit the West London club.

England Under 21 international Tom Ince has been in fine form this term, netting ten goals in 15 Championship fixtures, but perhaps Ian Holloway’s departure for Crystal Palace will act as a catalyst for a potential move away from Bloomfield Road.

£6m seems a fair price to bring Tom Ince back to Liverpool and the Blackpool man may well be keen on a return to the club who offloaded him to the Championship side in the summer of 2011.

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