Youngsters set for Anfield switch.
Liverpool are set to add Jack Butland to deals for Daniel Sturridge and Thomas Ince, as manager Brendan Rodgers targets a triple swoop of English talents.
Butland, who is also a target for Manchester City, Everton and Southampton, is believed to be in advanced talks with Liverpool over a contract, with just the fee left to be negotiated with his club Birmingham City.
Rodgers hopes to add the arrival of Butland to swoops for Sturridge and Ince, with the trio all believed to be days away from signing on the dotted line.
Long-term target Sturridge is the closest to putting pen-to-paper, with the England man just thrashing out final personal terms, after Liverpool verbally agreed a £12million fee with Chelsea for the young forward.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Wasn’t it Kenny Dalglish, rather his predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who signed over-priced, under-skilled Englishmen…?
Sorry, Liverpool fans, that was cruel.
Sturridge, Butland and Ince would certainly strengthen the Anfield club’s squad and all three have the potential to be big stars for club and country in the future.
A move for Birmingham City goalkeeper Butland will lead to speculation that Spaniard Pepe Reina could leave the club as Rodgers, particularly given how happy Rodgers is with back-up Brad Jones. Few clubs, barring Tottenham it seems, need more than two first-team keepers, and Arsenal would dearly love to sign Reina from their Premier League rivals.
A move to bring Tom Ince back to Liverpool has been ongoing for some time and the youngster is nearing a return to the club he left 18 months ago, despite Blackpool’s claims to the contrary. The 20-year-old failed to break into the first team in his first spell at the club but has greatly improved in the intervening period and has scored 13 goals and laid on nine assists so far this term.
A move to Liverpool could well include a loan-back option, as the Tangerines look to mount a challenge to return to the top-flight.
Chelsea attacker Daniel Sturridge would greatly improve the attacking options Rodgers has to call upon and a move to Liverpool could help to secure the England international the striking role he has craved at Stamford Bridge.
£12m seems a very fair price for a player of Sturridge’s obvious ability and the former Man City man will be keen to prove himself after seeing his career stagnate on the Chelsea bench.
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