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Suso shows off skills for Liverpool v Southampton

VIDEO: Is Suso the heir to Suarez's throne Spaniard shows off skills against Saints

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

11:28 GMT, 5 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:29 GMT, 5 March 2013

Liverpool fans worried about Luis Suarez departing for pastures new need fear no more.

The Uruguay striker has been linked with a 40million move to Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

But even if he does join Pep Guardiola in Germany, Liverpool look to be in safe hands. Step forward… Suso.

Potential: Suso showed why he might yet have plenty to offer Liverpool

Potential: Suso showed why he might yet have plenty to offer Liverpool

The 19-year-old Spaniard has yet to make an impact in the Anfield first team but showed a glimpse of his undoubted potential for Liverpool's Under 21 side in their 1-1 draw with Southampton last night.

The Saints went in front thanks to Vegard Foren, the Norwegian defender who turned down a trial at Anfield to sign for the St Mary's club before Krisztian Adorjan rescued a point for the visitors.

P.S. This one's even better…

Reading are in deep relegation trouble and could do worse than look at their own Under 21 side for reinforcements.

Dominic Samuel has made just one appearance for the first XI and spent the start of this year on loan at League One Colchester.

But he showed he has plenty to offer with this stunning solo goal in the Royals' 3-0 win over Manchester City.

Newcastle United target Bastia"s Florian Thauvin

Newcastle look to French teen Thauvin to kick start disappointing season

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

22:50 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:14 GMT, 7 January 2013

Newcastle are considering a move for Bastia’s attacking midfielder Florian Thauvin.

The 19-year-old has appeared 16 times for his club this season, scoring twice, while he has also represented his country at Under-20 level.

Thauvin has 18 months remaining on his contract with the struggling club.

Reinforcements needed: Florian Thauvin (right) is a target for struggling Newcastle

Reinforcements needed: Florian Thauvin (right) is a target for struggling Newcastle

Martin O"Neill lines up 5m bid to bring Michael Dawson to Sunderland

O'Neill lines up 5m January swoop for Dawson to shore up Sunderland defence

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UPDATED:

11:58 GMT, 9 December 2012

Martin O'Neill is preparing a 5m January pursuit of Tottenham defender Michael Dawson as part of a spending spree to revive Sunderland's flagging season.

The Black Cats boss will be given significant funds by club owner Ellis Short in a bid to correct a poor start to the season.

And 29-year-old Dawson is top of the list, according to the Sunday People.

On the move Sunderland are reportedly lining up a 5m January move for Tottenham defender Michael Dawson

On the move Sunderland are reportedly lining up a 5m January move for Tottenham defender Michael Dawson

Sunderland find themselves in the relegation zone, with just two wins and 13 points to their name so far.

Their defensive record hasn't been too catastrophic – with 21 goals conceded – but O'Neill believes Dawson's leadership qualities could add extra steel to the side.

When Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas arrived in the summer, he was willing to offload Dawson and a 5.5m fee was agreed with Queens Park Rangers before the player turned it down.

Reinforcements: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill wants to firm up a defence which has conceded 21 goals in 15 games this season, leaving the club 18th in the table

Reinforcements: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill wants to firm up a defence which has conceded 21 goals in 15 games this season, leaving the club 18th in the table

However, Dawson, who has four England caps, has worked hard to win back his starting place in the last few weeks – making a January move less likely.

Sunderland may face competition from QPR, with Harry Redknapp reportedly keen on signing a player with whom he enjoyed a good relationship at Spurs.

Dawson has been at White Hart Lane since January 2005, when he joined for 8m from Nottingham Forest.

Liverpool – what needs to change under Brendan Rodgers

What is wrong at Liverpool The problems facing Rodgers after nightmare start

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UPDATED:

10:11 GMT, 25 September 2012

After the controversy and emotion of a highly charged occasion at Anfield on Sunday, reality has started to dawn for Liverpool. This has been a unique time on Merseyside and extraordinary circumstances have meant the focus has been drawn away from results.

But after five matches, they are in the bottom three with just two points. It is their worst start since 1911 and Brendan Rodgers finds himself sharing a record with George Patterson, who was appointed in 1928, as a Liverpool manager failing to win any of his first five league games.

As is always the case with Liverpool, there is never a dull moment but, as they approach a crunch sequence of fixtures, Sportsmail looks at some of the issues that the ebullient Rodgers needs to address to get his side climbing the table.

Winless: The focus now switches back to on-field issues for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool

Winless: The focus now switches back to on-field issues for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool

LACK OF DEPTH

The travails Liverpool endured during the transfer window have been well documented but only now are the ramifications of a summer when they moved on nine players really beginning to hit home, as the squad are set to be stretched to breaking point.

It was confirmed on Monday that England Under-21 right back Martin Kelly will effectively miss the remainder of the season after he ruptured cruciate ligaments in the final stages of Sunday’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester United.

Key midfielder Lucas Leiva is still out with a torn thigh muscle, Jonjo Shelvey must serve a three-match ban for his sending off against United, while Fabio Borini will be sidelined for a couple of weeks after suffering serious bone bruising to his ankle.

When you consider that leaves Luis Suarez as the only fit senior striker, it is clear Liverpool’s new scouting department of Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter – who started work two weeks ago – will need to move quickly to have reinforcements ready for the January window.

Lone ranger: Suarez is Liverpool's only fit striker

Lone ranger: Suarez is Liverpool's only fit striker

There was, at least, better news with regard to Daniel Agger. It had initially been feared that the Denmark defender had suffered a problem similar to Kelly’s but his agent Per Steffensen confirmed on Monday that Agger could return within a month.

‘Daniel hasn’t torn any ligaments,’ said Steffensen. ‘It’s very good news. He has got a bruise on his bone behind a knee. It is very sore and a bit swollen, but as soon as that goes down he can come back to training.’

THE PROBLEM WITH LUIS

Suarez is Liverpool’s most potent supply of goals, but he is also their biggest worry. If he was to suffer an injury, it would be difficult to see how they would cope but he is also running the risk of picking up a suspension.

The Uruguayan has already received three yellow cards and there is bemusement among Liverpool’s players about how he is being treated by match officials. Certainly against United he was unlucky not to receive some decisions.

Unlucky Suarez was not awarded a penalty after this challenge by Jonny Evans on Sunday

Unlucky Suarez was not awarded a penalty after this challenge by Jonny Evans on Sunday

‘I almost guarantee that if Luis was in the position of Antonio Valencia, he wouldn’t have got a penalty,’ said Glen Johnson, who was penalised for a foul on United’s winger.

‘We all know that. Reputations go in front of people, and because Valencia is not known as a diver he gets the decision.

‘I know it is difficult for the referee. Everybody has to do their job. They have to forget who they are looking at.

‘They just have to make the decisions. They can’t let anything from the past affect their decisions. They have to call the shots at the time, regardless of who it is.’

GETTING THE FIRST WIN

The feeling around Liverpool’s squad is that two points are not a fair reflection of how they have played in the opening weeks and, with better fortune, their return from home games against the two Manchester clubs could easily have been six points as opposed to one.

Work to do: Liverpool travel to Norwich on Saturday

Work to do: Liverpool travel to Norwich on Saturday

Rodgers has certainly got Liverpool operating with a style that is easy on the eye and he has players like Steven Gerrard, Johnson and Joe Allen to inflict on opponents what he has described as ‘death by football’ but the longer they wait for three points, the more hollow those words will become.

‘If you have watched every one of our games – bar the defeat to Arsenal – we have been the best team,’ Johnson argued. ‘There are a lot more positives than it looks.

‘As soon as we get a little bit of luck, I think we are going to beat someone with a big score. We can say that as much as we like but, really, we have got to get down and do it.’

Those are sentiments that Liverpool’s captain shares.

‘We know how many points we have got and it’s not good enough,’ said Gerrard.

‘But if we keep playing with that effort and determination it will only be a matter of time before we go on a sequence. Not many sides will be able to live with us because we are playing some good stuff.’

Fulham accept 7m Aston Villa bid for Clint Dempsey

Over to you Liverpool! Dempsey chase hots up as Fulham accept 7m bid from Aston Villa

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UPDATED:

09:06 GMT, 31 August 2012

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Fulham have accepted a 7million bid from Aston Villa for Clint Dempsey – increasing the pressure on Liverpool to raise the stakes in their pursuit of the United States international.

Dempsey has been linked with Liverpool for most of the summer and has been left out of the Cottagers' opening games of the season since declaring his intention to leave.

Where to now Aston Villa have entered the race for Clint Dempsey

Where to now Aston Villa have entered the race for Clint Dempsey

Sunderland are also keen on the
29-year-old but Anfield looked the most likely destination with Dempsey
keen on a move to Merseyside.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has now shaken things up as he looks for reinforcements to take some of the burden off striker Darren Bent.

The deal was agreed on Thursday night and is cash only – with no add ons and no other players involved.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers remains keen on Dempsey and will have to make his move with the transfer window closing at 11pm tonight (Friday).

Fulham
reported Liverpool to the Premier League last week claiming Dempsey had
been tapped up and Craven Cottage boss Martin Jol criticised the player
for not keeping quiet about his wish to move on.

Fulham’s complaint was placed before the August meeting of the Premier League board and Liverpool have been asked for their observations.

The board will decide whether to take the complaint further. It could eventually go before an independent panel, who could impose fines or even suspended point sanctions on the Merseyside club.

Liverpool, however, are more likely to face a four-figure fine if Fulham’s complaint is upheld. The matter would be dropped if the clubs agree a fee for Dempsey, who was Fulham’s top scorer last season.

Theo Walcott can leave Arsenal for Liverpool or Manchester City for 12m

Theo for sale! Liverpool and City lurk with Arsenal to let Walcott leave for 12m

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UPDATED:

21:46 GMT, 28 August 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given Theo Walcott the next 48 hours to decide whether he wants to sign a new five-year contract worth 75,000 per week — or be sold.

Walcott, 23, could even be ditched before the close of the transfer window on Friday, with Manchester City and Liverpool asking to be kept informed. The north London club will demand a 12million fee.

On the move: Theo Walcott is locked in negotiations with Arsenal about a new deal - but it looks as though the winger will leave the Emirates

On the move: Theo Walcott is locked in negotiations with Arsenal about a new deal – but it looks as though the winger will leave the Emirates

If Walcott turns down the contract offer, Arsenal have a familiar choice to make — sell him now or risk losing him on a free transfer next summer.

Sportsmail revealed on Friday how the forward’s agent held formal talks over a contract extension at the club’s London Colney HQ.

However, Walcott, who is in the final 12 months of his deal, is yet to sign a contract extension and, while negotiations are ongoing, it is looking increasingly unlikely that he will put pen to paper. It appeared he was on the brink of turning down the 20m contract offer.

Liverpool and City, whose move for Scott Sinclair is on the rocks, are pondering a last minute move.

In demand: Liverpool and Manchester City are observing developments

In demand: Liverpool and Manchester City are observing developments

Walcott was only on the bench for Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Stoke and it is understood that if he goes, academy prospect Serge Gnabry, 17, will be fast-tracked into the senior squad.

As it stands, Walcott could sign a pre-contract with a foreign club in January, then leave for nothing next summer. Meanwhile, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has held meetings with chief scout Steve Rowley to target reinforcements.

The capture of a versatile defender and defensive midfielder are priorities.

Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Swansea’s Angel Rangel are defensive options, with Yann M’Vila (Rennes) and Etienne Capoue (Toulouse) on the midfield list.

Meanwhile, Nicklas Bendtner is in talks over a 5m move to AC Milan.

Liam Moore wanted by Manchester United

One Moore! Fergie lines up late swoop for young Leicester defender

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UPDATED:

07:39 GMT, 27 August 2012

Starlet: Liam Moore

Starlet: Liam Moore

Manchester United are looking to bring in 19-year-old Leicester defender Liam Moore before the close of the transfer window on Friday.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson sent his chief scout Jim Lawlor to watch the centre-back play in the Foxes' 2-1 defeat at Ewood Park on Saturday – and he was impressed.

The England youth international has also been watched by Tottenham, Everton and Sunderland scouts, but Fergie is ready to beat off competition with a bid this week, according to the Daily Mirror.

Moore made his Leicester debut at right-back against Crystal Palace in January after returning from a successful loan spell at Bradford.

But the youngster has been thrust into action in the centre of Nigel Pearson's defence at the start of this campaign after injuries to Sean St Ledger and Zak Whitbread, and he has excelled.

With the injury-prone Rio Ferdinand nearing the end of his career, Ferguson has been eyeing long-term defensive reinforcements for a while, but he has decided to act now with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling also out injured.

Peter Odemwingie wanted by West Ham and Sunderland

West Ham and Sunderland battle for 10m Baggies striker Odemwingie

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UPDATED:

10:16 GMT, 23 August 2012

Wanted: Odemwingie

Wanted: Odemwingie

West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie is a transfer target for both West Ham and Sunderland, but the Baggies are only prepared to sell if their 10million valuation is met.

Although Odemwingie remains an important part of the first team at West Brom they are willing to listen to offers given the player's age, according to the Daily Mirror.

New manager Steve Clarke is well stocked in the striking department, having secured deals this summer for Romelu Lukaku and Markus Rosenberg, who will compete with Shane Long and Marc-Antoine Fortune for a starting place.

West Brom rejected a bid from Qatari club Al-Gharrafa for Odemwingie earlier this summer, but they are prepared to let the player let the 31-year-old Nigerian leave to allow other areas of the squad to be strengthened.

Sunderland and West Ham are desperate for attacking reinforcements, and with the transfer window closing in just over a week they could be tempted into an eight-figure bid for a player who has scored 27 goals in 63 games in his two years in England.

West Ham have been frustrated in their attempts to lure Andy Carroll to Upton Park, while Sunderland's pursuit of Steven Fletcher is stalling.

Andy Carroll"s Liverpool exit must be sewn up before window closes

Carroll exit must be sewn up in good time if he is to leave Liverpool before window closes

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UPDATED:

07:08 GMT, 21 August 2012

Andy Carroll's Anfield career must be resolved before transfer deadline day – unlike last year – if he is to leave Liverpool during this window.

The England striker moved to Liverpool in the final hours of deadline day in January 2011, but with Newcastle looking to bring him back, there will be no such dramatic departure this time.

Happy Andy Carroll (left) could be on his way out of Liverpool

Happy Andy Carroll (left) could be on his way out of Liverpool

The 23-year-old has already turned down a potential switch to Premier League new boys West Ham, but may be tempted by a return to hometown club Newcastle.

Carroll started on the bench during Liverpool's humiliating 3-0 defeat at the hands of West Bromwich on Saturday, and new boss Brendan Rodgers appears to favour Fabio Borini and Luis Suarez up top.

The striker has been largely disappointing at Liverpool, and has only scored six league goals since his arrival on Merseyside for 35million last year.

Liverpool are looking to bring in reinforcements of their own.

Good enough Andy Carroll played for England against Italy last week

Good enough Andy Carroll played for England against Italy last week

Everton and West Bromwich want Bryan Oviedo

Baggies and Toffees do battle for former Manchester United target Oviedo

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UPDATED:

21:50 GMT, 17 July 2012

Everton and West Bromwich are showing interest in FC Copenhagen defender Bryan Oviedo.

The 22-year-old Costa Rican has been scouted by Manchester United in the past and is ready to move to England for a fresh challenge.

In demand: Costa Rica defender Bryan Oviedo could move to the Premier League

In demand: Costa Rica defender Bryan Oviedo could move to the Premier League

Albion could be in need of defensive reinforcements with Jonas Olsson unsure of his future heading into talks with manager Steve Clarke on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Qatari side Al-Gharafa have made an enquiry for striker Peter Odemwingie, with Clarke expecting Argentinian midfielder Claudio Yacob, 25, to sign on Thursday.