Anfield side close in on much needed attacking duo.
Daniel Sturridge has been peripheral at Chelsea even while Fernando Torres has been struggling and Liverpool believe that the England forward can be secured for £12m.
Sturridge has been Rodgers’ prime transfer target since the failure to replace Andy Carroll during the summer and talks are understood to be at an advanced stage between the sides. Sturridge, a former trainee at Manchester City, has scored 24 goals in 96 appearances for Chelsea but has been mostly played out wide on the right flank.
His form has been good enough to earn four England caps and he also played up front for the Great Britain Olympic team in the summer although he has been restricted by a hamstring injury this season.
An additional £6m deal is also being lined up for Ince, a winger who was sold by Liverpool last year but has since flourished at Blackpool.
Liverpool are entitled to a 35 per cent cut of any transfer fee as part of the deal that took him to Bloomfield Road, which means their overall outlay will be reduced. Ince, who is the son of former England captain Paul, has scored 13 Championship goals this season and established himself in the England Under-21 team.
SOURCE: Daily Telegraph
We thought it was Kenny Dalglish – rather than his predeccessor Brendan Rodgers – who had a thing for buying overpriced English players?
Apparently not, given that according to various sources, including the above, the Reds are ready to splash £18m to land Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge and re-sign Tom Ince from Blackpool.
The signs are good that Liverpool will complete moves for the pair, with both players reportedly in protracted negotiations already.
Sturridge looked good in the first half of last season under former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas, albeit in his less preferred role on the wing. Under Roberto Di Matteo, however, the 23-year-old found himself warming the bench and there is little reason to suggest life will be any different under Rafa Benitez.
Lack of first team football has seen Sturridge fall out of Roy Hodgson’s England plans and which has forced the Birmingham-born forward to consider his future.
Brendan Rodgers urgently needs to bring in alternative attacking options and the relationship the Northern Irishman retains with the club he served as youth and reserve team boss, could aid such a £12m move for Sturridge – a very fair price in today’s transfer market (particularly given Jordan Henderson cost £18m).
Any move by the Anfield side to land Tom Ince from Blackpool will be offset by a 35% sell-on clause that Liverpool secured when he left for Bloomfield Road.
Attempts to snap up Ince will be aided by the fact that Tangerines have lost Ian Holloway to Crystal Palace. The young winger has been in fine form this season, scoring 13 and providing eight assists despite the fact his Bloomfield Road side sit in mid-table.
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