Anfield boss lines up interest in young trio.
Brendan Rodgers will look to raids on his fellow Premier League sides in order to strengthen his Anfield squad this summer.
The Liverpool boss will be handed a decent transfer budget, but some way below the sums that had been handed in recent transfer windows, and the Northern Irishman is looking at cost effective options that will help improve potential areas of his squad that he feels could do with improvement.
Without the carrot of European competition to offer prospective targets Rodgers has had to set about drawing up a wish-list of those he can realistically bring to join his Merseyside outfit’s playing staff.
Scott Sinclair has, perhaps predictably, failed to make an impact at Man City and is a player Brendan Rodgers knows well from both his spell at Chelsea as reserve team boss and then whilst in charge at Swansea City.
The Liverpool manager is keen to strengthen his attack and the adaptable 23 year old, who can play out wide or up front, could be available for a relatively low price as Man City look to trim their squad with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) guidelines starting to take hold.
Sinclair may well jump at the chance to re-ignite his career following a very disappointing season at Man City, during which the youngster has made just two Premier League starts.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also preparing a summer move for highly-rated Wigan Athletic winger Callum McMananaman as he looks to strengthen his Anfield attack this summer.
The Northern Irish boss has been monitoring the Latics wide-man’s progress in recent months and will look to lure the former Everton youth team player to Liverpool and Rodgers will feel such a move will have an even greater chance of success now that Roberto Martinez’s side have failed to beat the drop.
McManaman has impressed many with his free running displays at Wigan Athletic this season and he was arguably the Man of the Match as he helped his side to a famous FA Cup Final triumph over Man City.
The 22 year old Scouser joined Everton’s youth system at age seven but was released at the age of 16 and promptly signed with Wigan Athletic who handed the speedy starlet his Premier League debut in May 2009.
After a couple of seasons on the periphery of the first team, followed by a loan spell at Blackpool, McManaman got his first solid run of games this term and has not looked back.
McManaman has proved a real handful since the turn of the year, scaring the life out of defender with his direct style, scoring five goals in 2013 thus far.
Though attacking additions Daniel Sturridge and Coutinho have both made a real impact there are still real question marks over the likes of Fabio Borini and Oussama Assaidi and Brendan Rodgers has therefore set his sights on luring McManaman back to Merseyside.
Rodgers is also monitoring young Chelsea centre-back Jeffrey Bruma, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Hamburg. The Dutch international is to return to Stamford Bridge this summer and will struggle for recognition in the Blues first team.
With the likes of Gary Cahill, John Terry, David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic ahead of the 21 year old in the Chelsea pecking order the Liverpool boss will look to lure the youngster to Anfield. As with Scott Sinclair, Brendan Rodgers knows the talented youngster from his time running the club’s reserves and this may help to tempt Bruma into a possible move to the Merseyside club.
Rodgers is keen to strengthen his defence with Jamie Carragher set to retire and seemingly Martin Skrtel set to leave the club having fallen out of favour at the club.