Liverpool were relatively active in January as they brought in Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho. But manager Brendan Rodgers has repeatedly said that his rebuilding at Anfield will take several transfer windows to complete, meaning that there is very likely to be further new arrivals in the summer. Below are six players that the Reds could well be targeting.
Victor Valdes (Barcelona)
Against Manchester City on Sunday, Pepe Reina made the latest error in what is becoming a worrying trend for the Spaniard. Once viewed as one of the Premier League’s best goalkeepers, reports of late suggest that Brendan Rodgers is considering replacing Reina.
An ambitious move for Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been mentioned more than once with the speculation increasing after the 31-year-old announced that he would not be signing a new contract at the Camp Nou as he seeks a new challenge. While Valdes still has 18 months remaining on his contract, there has been talk that he could depart as early as this summer.
Michel Vorm (Swansea)
Perhaps a more realistic target to boost Liverpool’s goalkeeping options would be Netherlands international Vorm. Rodgers brought the 29-year-old from Utrecht in the summer of 2011 and he has quickly established himself as one of the league’s top stoppers.
Rodgers’ agreement not to poach his former Swansea players is set to expire this summer, meaning that a move for Vorm is a possibility. Swansea would certainly be reluctant sellers and would charge a heftt fee for a player who only signed a new contract last September.
Thomas Ince (Blackpool)
It appeared inevitable at one stage that January would see Ince return to the club which he left for Blackpool in the summer of 2011. But Liverpool's offer was turned down and with the player having less than 18 months left on his contract they refused to increase it. Although interest was reported from both Reading and Swansea, it is believed that Liverpool are biding their time and will return for the 21-year-old in the summer.
A clause in Ince’s deal entitling Liverpool to 35 percent of any transfer fee Blackpool receive should in theory make the winger eminently affordable for the Reds.
Fernando Amorebieta (Atheltic Bilbao)
Another player who would surely represent good value for money in the summer is Bilbao center-back Amorebieta. A new central defender could well be on the cards for Liverpool in the close season with Martin Skrtel displaying a brittleness at the back and being replaced of late by 35-year-old Jamie Carragher, while Sebastian Coates has still to adapt to the life at Anfield.
The Venezuela international has failed to agree a new contract with the La Liga club and looks set to leave on a free transfer in the summer. Sky Sports has reported that Liverpool are one of several Premier League clubs with an interest in the 27-year-old.
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