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Title: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on September 02, 2014, 10:58:28 PM
Seeing as we abstained from the last one, got involved in 2013, having not bothered in 2012, hopefully as it's an odd number we'll be involved this time around.

Maybe Toure's replacement unless Ilori's earmarked to be it?

Selling Suso if he's not signed or we've not offered him a contract. I don't know whether we can sell a player who's on a season long loan but we ought to try with Assaidi, who is apparently having all his wages covered by Stoke.

Look again for a defensive midfielder and hopefully get 'Arry to take Johnson off our hands because Manquillo and Flanno have right back stitched up between them.

Get Loic Remy, who would be perfect for our system.  ::)
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on September 02, 2014, 11:03:24 PM
Gee, Roberto Firmino already has a goal and an assist in the first 2 Bundesliga matches. Swap for Coutinho, unless he finds the form he showed against Dortmund.  :o
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on September 03, 2014, 01:07:37 PM
Victor Valdes set for Liverpool move after agreeing personal terms on one-year deal

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/506352/Victor-Valdes-set-for-Liverpool-move-after-agreeing-personal-terms-on-one-year-deal (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/506352/Victor-Valdes-set-for-Liverpool-move-after-agreeing-personal-terms-on-one-year-deal)

It makes sense. Short term deal for this season, then we can look at the whole goalkeeping situation again the Summer of 2015, depending on what's been what this season.

I think Mignolet has this season to prove he's the long term solution, if not we'll look to improve things in the Summer. Hopefully next Summer we'll only be adding one or two top quality players, with the bulk of our squad having been sorted this Summer and all proving great successes for the purposes for which they were bought.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on September 05, 2014, 10:49:42 PM
Man Utd and Liverpool stumped by German outfit for £10m-rated midfielder Christoph Kramer

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/507497/Man-Utd-and-Liverpool-stumped-by-German-outfit-for-10m-rated-midfielder-Christoph-Kramer (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/507497/Man-Utd-and-Liverpool-stumped-by-German-outfit-for-10m-rated-midfielder-Christoph-Kramer)

He's in the last year of his contract so we could potentially get him to sign a pre-contract in January. I suppose it depends whether he wants to leave Germany though, with Borussia Monchengladbach giving him the option to stay there. So fat they're only 11th in the Bundesliga with 2 draws from 2 games. They finished 6th last season and qualified for the UEFA Cup. Hopefully he'd like to aim a little higher than that in his career.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on September 05, 2014, 10:51:19 PM
Liverpool's Glen Johnson wanted by Juventus

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/507399/Liverpool-s-Glen-Johnson-wanted-by-Juventus (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/507399/Liverpool-s-Glen-Johnson-wanted-by-Juventus)

Of course they do.  ;D 

Just like with Woy, it's only us Liverpool fans that can't see his genius.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on September 08, 2014, 07:07:57 PM
Napoli join Juventus in hunt for Liverpool's Glen Johnson

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/508413/Napoli-join-Juventus-in-hunt-for-Liverpool-s-Glen-Johnson (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/508413/Napoli-join-Juventus-in-hunt-for-Liverpool-s-Glen-Johnson)

Non lasciate che vi porta sulla strada.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on September 09, 2014, 09:12:36 AM
Juventus and Real Madrid preparing to battle it out for Liverpool star Glen Johnson

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/508672/Juventus-and-Real-Madrid-preparing-to-battle-it-out-for-Liverpool-star-Glen-Johnson (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/508672/Juventus-and-Real-Madrid-preparing-to-battle-it-out-for-Liverpool-star-Glen-Johnson)

 :D   :D   :D
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on September 10, 2014, 09:44:15 AM
The day after the Express 'reported' it, the Daily Star are now in on it:

Liverpool star Glen Johnson lined up for stunning move to Real Madrid

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/399025/Liverpool-star-Glen-Johnson-lined-up-for-stunning-move-to-Real-Madrid (http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/399025/Liverpool-star-Glen-Johnson-lined-up-for-stunning-move-to-Real-Madrid)

The Daily Star / Star on Sunday and the Daily / Sunday Express titles are owned by the same company so it looks like a 'story' they're propagating amongst themselves.

Additionally we've been linked again (along with the Mancs) with Dani Alves. Probably just warmed up leftovers from the Summer window.

If Real want Johnson and with Arbeloa wanting to leave, we could swop a faux right back for a real one, who'd be a great example for Manquillo and Flanno to learn from without necessarily barring their way.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on September 10, 2014, 10:46:48 AM
The Alves 'story':

Man Utd and Liverpool to offer Barcelona's Dani Alves shot at Premier League glory

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/508934/Man-Utd-and-Liverpool-to-offer-Barcelona-s-Dani-Alves-shot-at-Premier-League-glory (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/508934/Man-Utd-and-Liverpool-to-offer-Barcelona-s-Dani-Alves-shot-at-Premier-League-glory)
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on September 12, 2014, 10:05:07 AM
Liverpool set to REVIVE interest in £15m Bayern star Xherdan Shaqiri in January

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/399397/Liverpool-set-to-REVIVE-interest-in-15m-Bayern-star-Xherdan-Shaqiri-in-January (http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/399397/Liverpool-set-to-REVIVE-interest-in-15m-Bayern-star-Xherdan-Shaqiri-in-January)


There's no doubting his quality, although he did fail to score against England for Switzerland, so maybe not.  :D

Do we really need him, or would it be better to invest in strengthening the midfield defensive shield in front of the back four? What about Gerrard's replacement, or is he already at the club (I have no individual in mind)?

Or is it a case of you can't have too many quality players and if we can afford him then we add him to the squad?

At some point Hodgson will attempt to break Lallana, as he has with Hendo and more than once with Sturridge, so probably the answer is an emphatic yes. And we'll send the bill to the FA.  ;D
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on September 14, 2014, 12:07:25 PM
Johnson to join Cole at Roma?

http://www.football-italia.net/55876/johnson-join-cole-roma (http://www.football-italia.net/55876/johnson-join-cole-roma)


Who cares where he goes as long as he's not here when the January window closes.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on September 28, 2014, 01:38:08 AM
The Mail are reporting we're 'monitoring' Joe Hart. Just when we thought are Summer business was hardly impressive, we now get this. We can monitor him all we like as long as we don't actually buy him.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 01, 2014, 10:18:52 AM
Liverpool set to disrupt Arsenal's transfer plans with Higuain move

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/517215/Liverpool-Higuain-Napoli-Liverpool-Martinez-Porto (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/517215/Liverpool-Higuain-Napoli-Liverpool-Martinez-Porto)

"However, reports in Italy claim that Napoli have already lined up a replacement for Higuain in Colombia star Martinez, who is wanted by Arsene Wenger."


I'd rather we signed Jackson Martinez and leave Higuain at Napoli. Like Balotelli, Higuain surely isn't really the kind of striker we need. Martinez is closer to it.

How they compare:

14/15   Martinez:  5 goals, 0 assists in 6 league games, 2 goals in 3 CL games
             Higuain:   0 goals, 2 assists in 5 league games, 1 goal in 2 CL games, 1 goal in 1 UEFA Cup game

13/14  Martinez:  20 goals, 3 assists in 30 league games, 2 goals in 6 CL games, 1 goal in 5 UEFA Cup games
            Higuain:   17 goals, 7 assists in 32 league games, 4 goals, 2 assists in 5 CL games, 1 goal, 2 assists in 4 UEFA Cup games 

Martinez will be 28 on Friday
Higuain will be 27 in December
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 06, 2014, 11:49:00 PM
Balotelli looked far better once Gerrard was moved forward into the advanced role. Ideally that's where he stays, if he plays.

So, priority has to be a midfielder with a strong defensive side to his game.

Not Tiote. He's a disaster waiting to happened. Poor discipline in every sense of the word, footballing and non-footballing.

We need more than simply quick and/or strong.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 07, 2014, 07:57:09 PM
Liverpool's Spanish outcast Suso 'WILL' leave Anfield for AC Milan within 9-months

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/519896/Suso-AC-Milan-Transfer-Liverpool-Anfield-Kop-Anfield-Spain-International-Stars-Latest (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/519896/Suso-AC-Milan-Transfer-Liverpool-Anfield-Kop-Anfield-Spain-International-Stars-Latest)

He said: "I will only renew with Liverpool if I’m guaranteed I’ll play regularly. The option is clear if I don’t renew: let me leave."

I've no idea when he is supposed to have made that quote, but his whole situation has been handled poorly. If he expects to be 'guaranteed' to play regularly, then this attitude should have been ironed out of him, and made to understand that he is the only one that can guarantee regularly match time by his performances on the pitch and in training.
We shouldn't however have left ourselves in a position where a young player with such potential has neither been given a proper chance or where we let them go on a free. We should have brought money in for him.

Yet again, we show how poor we are where transfers and maximising income from them are concerned.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 07, 2014, 09:30:00 PM
Liverpool ready to trump Arsenal interest in Spanish forward with big money move

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/403835/Liverpool-Arsenal-Keita-Balde-Diao (http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/403835/Liverpool-Arsenal-Keita-Balde-Diao)

I don't understand the interest. So what, he once scored 47 goals in a season when out on loan from one of Barca's youth teams, but since he's been a grown up at Lazio, he's been nothing special.

Another £15M gamble?
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 09, 2014, 12:45:27 AM
He shall not be moved:

Fabio Borini will snub any bid for him in the January transfer window to stay at Liverpool

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/404042/Fabio-Borini-will-snub-any-bid-for-him-in-the-January-transfer-window-to-stay-at-Liverpool (http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/404042/Fabio-Borini-will-snub-any-bid-for-him-in-the-January-transfer-window-to-stay-at-Liverpool)

Fabio Borini will not be loaned out by Liverpool FC, says agent

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/fabio-borini-not-loaned-out-7906779 (http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/fabio-borini-not-loaned-out-7906779)


He must be on one Hell of a contract if he's happy with not playing. Does he not to try and force his way into Italy's squad? He can't be happy, surely? He needs to play, to develop.

I'd rather see him given a run alongside Balotelli, than see Balotelli isolated and ineffective up front on his own.

Neither player is being given a chance to show their best. I'm not convinced Borini is good enough, but sometimes certain partnerships just click.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 09, 2014, 12:54:54 AM
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on sale for £3million as Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs ready bids

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/520342/Huntelaar-Liverpool-Arsenal-Tottenham-3m (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/520342/Huntelaar-Liverpool-Arsenal-Tottenham-3m)


I wouldn't mind a low cost gamble on Huntelaar, but like Balotelli, the team would need to be set up to his strengths. He's got no pace, he's unlikely to work the channels or create much, but he will score goals in the box if chances are created.

Would Rodgers change the set up to make it worthwhile buying him, or will he do like he has with Balotelli, and keep the same system(s) that aren't working and expect Huntelaar just to 'fit in'.

As a manager you either buy players that fit with and suit the way you want to play, or if you buy players that don't fit the system, then you have to change the system to suit the players you've brought in. If you do neither, then you can't expect to be successful and you can't expect players to perform at their best.

Can Rodgers and/or the 'committee' actually identify the right players for the systems Rodgers wants to play, or is he uncertain of his preferred system(s), and it's making it too hard to get the right sorts of players required?
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 09, 2014, 12:59:13 AM
He shall not be moved:

Fabio Borini will snub any bid for him in the January transfer window to stay at Liverpool

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/404042/Fabio-Borini-will-snub-any-bid-for-him-in-the-January-transfer-window-to-stay-at-Liverpool (http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/404042/Fabio-Borini-will-snub-any-bid-for-him-in-the-January-transfer-window-to-stay-at-Liverpool)

Fabio Borini will not be loaned out by Liverpool FC, says agent

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/fabio-borini-not-loaned-out-7906779 (http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/fabio-borini-not-loaned-out-7906779)


He must be on one Hell of a contract if he's happy with not playing. Does he not to try and force his way into Italy's squad? He can't be happy, surely? He needs to play, to develop.

I'd rather see him given a run alongside Balotelli, than see Balotelli isolated and ineffective up front on his own.

Neither player is being given a chance to show their best. I'm not convinced Borini is good enough, but sometimes certain partnerships just click.

Ha, what a load of old rubbish:

Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli speed up Fabio Borini's Liverpool exit

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/518468/Sturridge-Balotelli-Borini-Liverpool (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/518468/Sturridge-Balotelli-Borini-Liverpool)


"but Poyet and Sunderland are also interested in landing Borini for a second loan spell."


Sunderland can't take him on loan unless they cut short Coates' loan as PL rules forbid clubs from taking more than one player from the same club on loan at any one time.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 09, 2014, 01:02:42 AM
Liverpool close on Marco Reus transfer as Borussia Dortmund chase replacement

http://metro.co.uk/2014/10/08/liverpool-close-on-marco-reus-transfer-as-borussia-dortmund-chase-replacement-4898537/ (http://metro.co.uk/2014/10/08/liverpool-close-on-marco-reus-transfer-as-borussia-dortmund-chase-replacement-4898537/)

I really can't see this happening, especially if we don't dramatically improve. The boat should have been pushed out for him in the Summer, and I don't see us having the funds left after the Summer's splurge.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 09, 2014, 01:15:35 AM
Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd on ALERT as Yohan Cabaye hits out at PSG

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/520132/Yohan-Cabaye-PSG-unhappy-Arsenal-Liverpool-Manchester-United (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/520132/Yohan-Cabaye-PSG-unhappy-Arsenal-Liverpool-Manchester-United)

He could potentially bring more creativity and goals to us, but where exactly would he fit in to the shapes of the teams Rodgers plays?
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 11, 2014, 08:03:56 PM
Rodgers Says Summer Signing Divock Origi Will be World Class and Can Replace Luis Suarez at Liverpool

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/rodgers-says-summer-signing-divock-origi-will-be-world-class-can-replace-luis-suarez-liverpool-1469490 (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/rodgers-says-summer-signing-divock-origi-will-be-world-class-can-replace-luis-suarez-liverpool-1469490)


So no pressure there then. Jeez, I wish Brendan would engage his brain before dropping out his little sound bites.  ::)
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 11, 2014, 09:38:38 PM
Meet our next budget buy, non-scoring forward  ;D :

Arsenal, Liverpool, Spurs eye Giovinco

http://www.football-italia.net/57121/arsenal-liverpool-spurs-eye-giovinco (http://www.football-italia.net/57121/arsenal-liverpool-spurs-eye-giovinco)

12/13 - 31 matches Serie A, 7 goals, 7 assists

13/14 - 17 matches Serie A, 2 goals, 1 assist

14/15 - 1 match Serie A, 0 goals, 0 assists

Ah but, he's on a free.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 15, 2014, 07:43:37 PM
Not really a transfer:

Divock Origi set for Liverpool return in January

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/523117/Liverpool-Divock-Origi-January-Return (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/523117/Liverpool-Divock-Origi-January-Return)


This could be dangerous.

Is it really a good idea to bring him into a struggling team? The pressure would be huge on him, when what he really needs is to stay the season at Lille, play regularly and develop without pressure.
When he arrives he needs to be eased in and continue his development in a structure way, rather than be tossed in at the deep end and be expected to rescue our season.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 15, 2014, 08:12:43 PM
Denmark star Daniel Wass opens door to Liverpool or Chelsea move in January

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/523067/Denmark-Daniel-Wass-Liverpool-Chelsea-January (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/523067/Denmark-Daniel-Wass-Liverpool-Chelsea-January)

Another attacker? Another player to fit in, before others have had a chance to settle in? Rodgers has already admitted that bringing in so many players has caused problems, so will bringing in another really help to solve that problem?

We've got plenty of attackers. Now we need stability and continuity in that area. They need time to settle, to bed in, to learn how best to combine with their new team mates, and their new team mates with them, before we can decide whether or not we need to make further changes.
But we do need a defensive shield in midfield to help the back four. That would help strengthen the defensive side without adding another new player to settle into the defence itself.
It would need a new face settling into the midfield, but Lallana looks like he's fitting in nicely, Hendo and Allen are part of the furniture. I know we have Can to come back, but with the addition of a more experienced defensive midfielder, the pressure would be off Can to be an 'instant solution'.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on October 15, 2014, 08:27:04 PM
We definitely need another striker without a shadow of a doubt.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Martinmarx on October 16, 2014, 08:43:53 AM
We definitely need another striker without a shadow of a doubt.

We do, although I still am convinced Balotelli's got at least 15 PL goals in him. Question is how many Sturridge got considering his proness to injury. It'll take him the best part of the coming month to hit top form again and by that time we've already played a third of the season.

Who would be your no. 1 candidate Edward?
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 16, 2014, 06:01:58 PM
We definitely need another striker without a shadow of a doubt.

Agreed, or at least another supply of goals, but it won't be Origi, and I'm glad. I'd rather short term requirements didn't upset long tern planning and it's chance of being successful.

Impossible! Lille REFUSE to let Divock Origi return to Liverpool in January

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/523527/Divock-Origi-no-loan-recall-Liverpool-Lille (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/523527/Divock-Origi-no-loan-recall-Liverpool-Lille)
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on October 16, 2014, 06:12:54 PM
We do, although I still am convinced Balotelli's got at least 15 PL goals in him. Question is how many Sturridge got considering his proness to injury. It'll take him the best part of the coming month to hit top form again and by that time we've already played a third of the season.

Who would be your no. 1 candidate Edward?

You know what I'd throw £20m plus Lucas at Napoli for Lorenzo Insigne.

My No.1 choice if we were to buy from the premier league would be Bony or Berahino.

In January I'd also try and sign a DM. Someone like Lars Bender or Gonalons. (No chance saints will even listen to an offer for Schneiderlin).
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on October 16, 2014, 06:14:40 PM
Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd on ALERT as Yohan Cabaye hits out at PSG

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/520132/Yohan-Cabaye-PSG-unhappy-Arsenal-Liverpool-Manchester-United (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/520132/Yohan-Cabaye-PSG-unhappy-Arsenal-Liverpool-Manchester-United)

He could potentially bring more creativity and goals to us, but where exactly would he fit in to the shapes of the teams Rodgers plays?

If there was even a whiff of opportunity for this to happen I hope we are all over it!
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on October 16, 2014, 06:26:31 PM
Obviously in a dream scenario I'd offer Dortmund £70m for Reus and be done with it  ;D But alas  :D
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 16, 2014, 06:57:55 PM
Who would be your no. 1 candidate Edward?

That is the most important question of the season.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 16, 2014, 06:58:33 PM
Obviously in a dream scenario I'd offer Dortmund £70m for Reus and be done with it  ;D But alas  :D

Seems reasonable to me.  :D
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 16, 2014, 07:01:19 PM
(No chance saints will even listen to an offer for Schneiderlin).

We need to tap into the seam of Schneiderlins and the like that clubs like Southampton seem so adept at doing.

First though, we would need upgrades on the likes of Hunter and Fallows.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 16, 2014, 07:07:55 PM
We're being linked with Iker Casillas again. We must have the most unimaginative transfer workings ever.

Hopefully this is just 'journalists' being even worse at 'journalism' than the transfer committee is at transfers and scouting.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Martinmarx on October 16, 2014, 07:11:40 PM
We're being linked with Iker Casillas again. We must have the most unimaginative transfer workings ever.

Hopefully this is just 'journalists' being even worse at 'journalism' than the transfer committee is at transfers and scouting.

 :D

They can't be that bad, can they?
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 16, 2014, 10:02:49 PM
:D

They can't be that bad, can they?

No, 'apparently' they can't according to this:

Liverpool eye DOUBLE swoop for Hoffenheim pair Kevin Volland and Roberto Firmino

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/405460/Liverpool-double-swoop-Hoffenheim-Kevin-Volland-Roberto-Firmino (http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/405460/Liverpool-double-swoop-Hoffenheim-Kevin-Volland-Roberto-Firmino)

Firmino: 2013/14 - 33 league matches, 16 goals, 12 assists
                              4 German cup, 6 goals, 4 assists
             2014/15 - 7 league matches, 1 goal, 4 assists

Volland: 2013/14 - 33 league matches, 11 goals, 9 assists
                              4 German cup, 1 goal
             2014/15 - 7 league matches, 1 goal 

Maybe Hunter and Fallows have decided to do their scouting on this forum.  ;D

Why weren't the likes of Firmino looked at seriously in the Summer instead of leaving it until half way through the season?
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 16, 2014, 10:16:01 PM
Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham eye Japanese sensation Shinji Okazaki

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/523621/Shinji-Okazaki-Arsenal-Liverpool-Tottenham-Transfer-Japan-Stars-Update-Latest (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/523621/Shinji-Okazaki-Arsenal-Liverpool-Tottenham-Transfer-Japan-Stars-Update-Latest)

So could sushi soon be on the menu at Melwood. Having not taken our chances to get either Honda or Kagawa over the last couple of years, I'd imagine this won't happen either. Maybe Standard Chartered would like to fund it?  ;D

Season 13/14: 33 league games, 15 goals, 1 assist
                        2 cup games, 0 goals, 0 assists

            14/15: 6 league games, 5 goals, 1 assist
                       1 cup game, 1 goal
                       2 Europa league games, 1 goal, 0 assists.

Maybe he's a late bloomer?
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 18, 2014, 04:32:21 PM
Victor Valdes willing to take PAY CUT to sign for Liverpool

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/405716/Victor-Valdes-PAY-CUT-Liverpool (http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/405716/Victor-Valdes-PAY-CUT-Liverpool)

Good attitude to have. I'm just not convinced he'll be the huge improvement we need.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 23, 2014, 06:44:28 PM
Liverpool target Victor Valdes to train with Manchester United

http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/manchesterunited/liverpool-target-victor-valdes-to-train-with-manchester-united-9814465.html (http://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/manchesterunited/liverpool-target-victor-valdes-to-train-with-manchester-united-9814465.html)

I can't see him replacing De Gea, unless things are afoot for him (De Gea) to move back to Spain (Real Madrid being the obvious) at the end of season, but it gives them sensible strength in depth.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 23, 2014, 09:14:47 PM
Divock Origi makes case to compete with Mario Balotelli for Liverpool spot by shining against rivals Everton

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2805507/Liverpool-loanee-Divock-Origi-shines-against-rivals-Everton.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2805507/Liverpool-loanee-Divock-Origi-shines-against-rivals-Everton.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490)

It's going really well for Origi and it's serving the purpose it was intended - to see him develop.

We need to hold our nerve on this, leave him where he is, let him develop out of the limelight, rather than bring him in with all the pressure of being expected to 'save our season'.
Let him come in next August as planned, start the season fresh, as we will start the season with a clean slate, and give him the best chance of settling in and making the step up without even more weight of pressure and expectation than there naturally will be anyway.

Rodgers, his staff and the club have put us where we are (or aren't). They need to sort it out, not shift the spotlight onto the shoulders of a young man, who has potential, but is hardly what Fowler or Owen were at the same age.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 23, 2014, 09:34:58 PM
Liverpool ponder Ignazio Abate transfer as potential cut-price Glen Johnson replacement

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/liverpool-ponder-ignazio-abate-transfer-4494405 (http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/liverpool-ponder-ignazio-abate-transfer-4494405)

We have a great recent track record with Italians, don't we, so this will end equally well, especially with the coaching he'll receive at Anfield to help him slip in seamlessly to our defence.

Maybe we could just ask Neil Wazzock nicely if we can have Kelly back, and sweeten it with a Glenn Johnson sized bung.  ;D
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 23, 2014, 10:23:18 PM
Neto edging towards Reds move… Liverpool closing in on Mignolet replacement

http://www.footballfancast.com/premiership/liverpool/liverpool-closing-in-on-mignolet-replacement (http://www.footballfancast.com/premiership/liverpool/liverpool-closing-in-on-mignolet-replacement)


We've often been accused of shopping in the likes of Aldi and Lidl, instead of the likes of Waitrose and M&S, so now we're going all out to buy Neto.*




*Google Aldi, Lidl, Netto and you'll see what I mean  :D

It's interesting that it's assumed that Neto would come in and automatically replace Mignolet, when probably part of the problem is that Mignolet didn't have to "achieve" his position as no1 by winning it off Reina. Now we could see the same thing happen again, and will Mignolet walk, leaving us with Jones as the omni-present no2 still.

Rinse and repeat.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on October 23, 2014, 10:42:06 PM
We don't need Abate (who is crap btw) or Kelly or any other right back. Flanagan and Manquillo are fantastic prospects and in particular Flanagan actually showed he could defend when needed. We actually miss Flanagan a lot.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 23, 2014, 11:49:46 PM
We don't need Abate (who is crap btw)

Let Brendan know that.  :D

Any additions to the back four are surely going to make things even more unsettled.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 23, 2014, 11:53:28 PM
Liverpool set to sign ‘new Raheem Sterling’ Demarai Gray from Birmingham City in £2m transfer deal

http://metro.co.uk/2014/10/22/liverpool-set-to-sign-new-raheem-sterling-demarai-gray-from-birmingham-city-in-2m-transfer-deal-4917403/ (http://metro.co.uk/2014/10/22/liverpool-set-to-sign-new-raheem-sterling-demarai-gray-from-birmingham-city-in-2m-transfer-deal-4917403/)

Can he play centre back or keeper?  ;D
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on October 23, 2014, 11:59:24 PM
Liverpool close on Gonzalo Higuain after making £31.2million transfer offer for Napoli striker

http://metro.co.uk/2014/10/23/liverpool-close-on-gonzalo-higuain-after-making-31-2million-transfer-offer-for-napoli-striker-4917787/ (http://metro.co.uk/2014/10/23/liverpool-close-on-gonzalo-higuain-after-making-31-2million-transfer-offer-for-napoli-striker-4917787/)

£30M for a non-scoring (this season) striker?  7 Serie A matches, 0 goals. 'Crackin'.

Does anyone at our club actually watch football or do they just rely on OPTA, or even worse, read Kanwar's nonsense, and follow that.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on December 18, 2014, 12:36:06 PM
Liverpool, Tottenham and Crystal Palace want Demarai Gray but Gary Rowett insists Birmingham are not under pressure to sell

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2878968/Liverpool-Tottenham-Crystal-Palace-want-Demarai-Gray-Gary-Rowett-insists-Birmingham-not-pressure-sell.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2878968/Liverpool-Tottenham-Crystal-Palace-want-Demarai-Gray-Gary-Rowett-insists-Birmingham-not-pressure-sell.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490)

If we do get him then we ought to keep him at Birmingham for the next couple of seasons so he can develop properly with guaranteed regular football.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on December 31, 2014, 07:55:46 PM
We've made a bid for Shaqiri.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on January 01, 2015, 01:01:56 PM
We've made a bid for Shaqiri.

Interesting. Where and how does he fit in to the team, and at who's expense. Too many changes again will set us back. We're starting to improve, albeit from a low starting point, because new players are bedding in and getting more extended runs in the team, and the benefit of Rodgers showing some patience is starting to see us improve in baby steps.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on January 01, 2015, 09:43:14 PM
Big rumour (that is all that it is atm) of Gerrard to LA Galaxy.

Scrap that if its coming from Di Marzio it is more than a rumour.

It is also coming from Paul Joyce and Tony Barratt. So its no longer really a rumour if its coming from three extremely reliable people.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on January 02, 2015, 10:35:22 AM
It's a two and two together job. La Galaxy or one of the New York clubs. It's matching Gerrard the perceived personality to the equivalent US cities.

Cult of personality meets US 'soccer'. It makes for easy 'journalism'.

Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on January 04, 2015, 02:32:48 PM
£23m for Berahino  :o
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: the dude abides on January 04, 2015, 03:50:52 PM
£23m for Berahino  :o

utter madness.

if we buy the likes of Berahino (at whatever price) we may as well shut up shop and go home.

23 million for a kid of 21, who has scored 13 goals in 52 appearances.

weaknesses - holds on to the ball too long, offside (lack of awareness), poor defensively, poor in aerial duels.

I really think that when Rodgers gets the shove in May, the 3 or 4 morons that belong to the transfer committee should be sacked with him.

Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on January 04, 2015, 04:35:37 PM
Rodgers isn't going anywhere. So sorry to disappoint you Dude.

I never said we are buying Berahino. But that was the reported price told to us, Spurs, Arsenal and Man City.

We are getting in Origi and that'll probably be that in terms of forwards. I am 99% confident of that. Unless we sell Balotelli.

The player we really want is Shaqiri.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on January 04, 2015, 04:41:24 PM
I'll go into further detail in regards to Shaqiri.

Us and Bayern have agreed a deal for Shaqiri (£16m roughly). However we have not entered into serious negotiations with the player or his agent.

Whereas Inter have agreed personal terms with Shaqiri but have not yet entered discussions with Bayern and cannot afford to match our transfer fee.

Juventus are the 3rd club interested in Shaqiri but only want him on loan with no option to buy. Plus they and Bayern are not on good terms at all.

Therefore it looks like a straight fight between Inter and ourselves for Shaqiri - unless another club comes up with an offer.

Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on January 04, 2015, 04:56:22 PM
Therefore it looks like a straight fight between Inter and ourselves for Shaqiri - unless another club comes up with an offer.

Seal the deal - offer Borini to Inter for a 'knock-down' £10M.  ;D

Are we not in greater need of an actual striker to cover/partner Sturridge or an actual goalkeeper that doesn't breach the trades description act of such, rather than another 'attacker'?
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: the dude abides on January 04, 2015, 05:15:25 PM
We are getting in Origi and that'll probably be that in terms of forwards. I am 99% confident of that. Unless we sell Balotelli.

The player we really want is Shaqiri.

but is Shaqiri really our main priority, Edward.

we are short of an experienced goalscoring forward.

we are short of a top class experienced central midfielder.

we are short of a top class full back

we are short of a top class central defensive unit

we are short of a goalkeeper.

(and we are short of a boss with a grasp of tactics, and a transfer committee with no clue as to recruitment).
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on January 04, 2015, 07:09:52 PM
but is Shaqiri really our main priority, Edward.

we are short of an experienced goalscoring forward.

we are short of a top class experienced central midfielder.

we are short of a top class full back

we are short of a top class central defensive unit

we are short of a goalkeeper.

(and we are short of a boss with a grasp of tactics, and a transfer committee with no clue as to recruitment).

......but apart from that, oh, and a decent CEO, a scouting network that's not as useless as Baden Powell would have been at knowing a good 'footie' player.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on January 04, 2015, 07:12:19 PM
(and we are short of .......... a transfer committee with no clue as to recruitment).

We unfortunately have one of them, and it has 'it' in spades.  ;D
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on January 04, 2015, 07:14:50 PM
but is Shaqiri really our main priority, Edward.

we are short of an experienced goalscoring forward.

we are short of a top class experienced central midfielder.

we are short of a top class full back

we are short of a top class central defensive unit

we are short of a goalkeeper.

(and we are short of a boss with a grasp of tactics, and a transfer committee with no clue as to recruitment).

Hey I'm not the one making the transfers  ;D

We won't buy a CM/DM until the summer. Same in regards to a full back - although this depends on how the current lot do until the end of the season. Having spent money of Lovren we won't be buying a CB in January. We probably will in the summer - but we have to sell one of the current ones first.

We do want a GK but it depends on who is available. No good buying a GK if the replacement is not better than Mignolet.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on January 04, 2015, 07:21:38 PM
In regards to Shaqiri I'd love to sign him and at £14-16m would be a bargain. He can play in a variety of roles, has pace and has strength.

It also allows the option of playing Sterling in the middle more often without losing anything on the flanks, if Shaqiri comes in.

We could always use another creative outlet as well.

We'd then have Coutinho, Lallana, Sterling and Shaqiri providing creativeness and competition too for one another.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: the dude abides on January 06, 2015, 08:41:34 PM
Ex-Liverpool captain Phil Thompson has urged the club not to sign West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino, and instead invest in a big name.

The Reds have struggled in front of goal this season and have found the net just 28 times in 20 Premier League matches, which has led to speculation linking the club with a move for Berahino.

However, Thompson believes that boss Brendan Rodgers should be aiming higher.

"I would not like to think that Saido Berahino is their prime target as a striker. Yes, Liverpool do need a striker with injuries to Daniel Sturridge and the difficulties that Ricky Lambert and Mario Balotelli have had at the football club," Thompson told Sky Sports News.

He added: "I think that Liverpool need someone who is a bit more established and who has played at a higher level like Gonzalo Higuain or Ezequiel Levezzi, somebody of that ilk to come in following the news about Steven Gerrard's departure.

"For me, I would not go for Berahino, although I can see the advantages of having him, but I tell you what, he has to change his attitude."
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: the dude abides on January 06, 2015, 08:44:32 PM
......but apart from that, oh, and a decent CEO, a scouting network that's not as useless as Baden Powell would have been at knowing a good 'footie' player.

us old foggies are 'ard to please, Tes.

we used to have a decent football club, til these yanks came in, thinking they knew it all, and appointed young nippers only out of their pampers.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: the dude abides on January 06, 2015, 08:46:56 PM
Hey I'm not the one making the transfers  ;D

We won't buy a CM/DM until the summer. Same in regards to a full back - although this depends on how the current lot do until the end of the season. Having spent money of Lovren we won't be buying a CB in January. We probably will in the summer - but we have to sell one of the current ones first.

We do want a GK but it depends on who is available. No good buying a GK if the replacement is not better than Mignolet.

fair points, Edward.

And I actually think we should allow a new boss to determine the usefulness (or otherwise) of lots of our players (especially the defenders and keeper).

Because - since we are bizarrely lined up, our team offers no protection to the back four and keeper.

In a proper setup, our keeper and defenders might look a helluva lot better.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on January 07, 2015, 06:36:16 PM
I am 95% certain that we won't be signing anyone in this transfer window.

The only player who may possibly arrive is Origi. But Lille want £6m rather than the £3m we offered.

Basically Lille want the add-ons included in the original deal last summer all in one lump sum in exhange for Origi in January.

We were reluctant to bring him back in January before receiving that information, so now it is even more unlikely.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: barticus on January 08, 2015, 07:21:24 AM
Huge talk of Suarez coming back from Spain to the Premier League. He's scored no league goals and one overall so far. I hope to god that we included some sort of sell on/buy back clause, but I bet we didn't.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on January 08, 2015, 07:37:59 PM
They cannot sell him. For one simple reason.

They cannot replace him. Nor replace anyone in their squad.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: barticus on January 09, 2015, 12:31:58 PM
Rafa leaving Napoli at the end of the season...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2903134/Rafael-Benitez-leave-Napoli-coach-new-club-season-Premier-League-return-mooted.html
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on January 09, 2015, 01:24:15 PM
Not strictly a winter transfer window news.

However we have made contact with James Milner in regards to signing him on a bosman in the summer.

Inter want Lucas and have made an opening offer of 3m euros.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: the dude abides on January 09, 2015, 07:15:17 PM
James Milner ticks all the boxes.

Wide Midfielder - tick

Old - tick (29 years old)

Goals, Couldn't Hit the Side of a Barn - tick (between 2 and 3 goals average per season)

High Wages - tick

Yip, more sterling work from Buck Rodgers and the Buckaroos Transfer Committee
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on January 09, 2015, 10:38:01 PM
I agree with you. He does tick all the boxes.

1. Central Midfielder.

2. Has experience.

3. Has very good technical ability.

4. Has excellent pressing skills.

5. Versatile.

So yes he does tick all the boxes.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on January 09, 2015, 10:52:24 PM
Milner to Yaya, is Henderson to Gerrard.

They allow the creative to shine.

On a free, at less than 100k a week we'd be foolish to knock back a chance to sign him.

Milner/Henderson/Lucas/Can.

Any two from 4 dependant on our opposition would allow a genuine 4 attacking players, and allow Wingbacks.

It's not so much what he does, it's what he allows others to do, without having to keep looking over their shoulder.

I am a huge admirer of James Milner. If we have the chance to sign him we must take it.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: the dude abides on January 10, 2015, 11:11:51 AM
Rafa leaving Napoli at the end of the season...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2903134/Rafael-Benitez-leave-Napoli-coach-new-club-season-Premier-League-return-mooted.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2903134/Rafael-Benitez-leave-Napoli-coach-new-club-season-Premier-League-return-mooted.html)

Rafa Benitez INSISTS Liverpool spend £30m on Gonzalo Higuain to consider Anfield return

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/551080/Liverpool-Brendan-Rodgers-Rafa-Benitez-Gonzalo-Higuain (http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/551080/Liverpool-Brendan-Rodgers-Rafa-Benitez-Gonzalo-Higuain)
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on January 10, 2015, 10:13:41 PM
Lucas to Inter is a done deal IF and it is a big IF we can get a replacement for him in this transfer window.

If not then Lucas will stay until the summer and depart then.

You will also notice that Milner didn't play nor was he in Man City's squad today....
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on January 11, 2015, 12:10:44 AM
http://tomkinstimes.com/2015/01/in-defence-of-fsgs-transfer-policy/
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Martinmarx on January 11, 2015, 10:47:34 AM
Thanks for that Edward. Well worth the read. I think Tomkins say what many of us don't want to hear:

Quote
As Liverpool fans we need to be patient and wait for those seasons when things click. We need to enjoy rides like last season, as they will not be the norm. And we need to know that unless FSG, the manager and the transfer committee have an unusually high success rate in the transfer market, and that the manager oversees ‘a perfect season’ which isn’t beset with injuries, then Liverpool, when everything comes to rest, are most likely to finish 5th. Because, over the past decade, the team with the 5th-costliest £XI happens to average … you guessed, it – 5th.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Martinmarx on January 11, 2015, 10:51:28 AM
I agree with you. He does tick all the boxes.

1. Central Midfielder.

2. Has experience.

3. Has very good technical ability.

4. Has excellent pressing skills.

5. Versatile.

So yes he does tick all the boxes.

Sums it up perfectly for me. Milner would be a tremendous upgrade on, for instance, Lucas. He also carry the experience we so often lack in midfield. Always had a soft spot for Milner. He was instrumental in dragging them back into the game at Anfield last April, even though it was Silva who shone.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: the dude abides on January 11, 2015, 01:52:55 PM
ruddy ell, do you guys watch much football.   ;)

James Milner plays wide midfield.  He only ever occasionally has played central midfield.

The lad is only 5 feet 9 inches, so why would we have him in the middle.

He's 29 years old.

Technical ability?  Average to good, nothing spectacular.   Nothing like the technical ability of a German, Italian or South American.

But do we not have enough of these types of midfield folk - you know,  lightweight, can't score, but are very good at passing and pressing?  Like, do we not have 10 thousand of these types already at Anfield.



Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: the dude abides on January 11, 2015, 01:58:09 PM
Aston Villa are preparing to fight off a £7.5million bid from Liverpool to make Fabian Delph the successor to Steven Gerrard.

Boss Brendan Rodgers had accepted that Villa’s determination not to sell their midfield driving force in January would mean he’d have to wait until the summer.

But Villa chiefs believe Gerrard’s decision to move to America has changed the picture and a bid could now come in the next two weeks.

And with Inter Milan stepping up their efforts to sign Lucas from Anfield in this window, it gives them extra impetus to grab Delph now.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/liverpool-readying-75million-january-bid-4954769 (http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/liverpool-readying-75million-january-bid-4954769)
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: the dude abides on January 11, 2015, 02:04:06 PM
Aston Villa are preparing to fight off a £7.5million bid from Liverpool to make Fabian Delph the successor to Steven Gerrard.

averages 2 to 3 goals per season, in a good season (from central midfield).

our transfer Committee have to be staying up late to find these gems.

Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Ed on January 14, 2015, 03:46:22 PM
our transfer Committee have to be staying up late to find these gems.
;D

Meanwhile City shell out £28 million on Bony, a player we should have
signed ages ago, arguably, instead of Borini.

The whole circus will go around in circles until finally it dawns on the
owners that what the club needs is a special person to be the manager.

Until then it's just a repeat of the post-Dalglish (1st time around) fumbling
in the dark with various managers and players.

The club could be managed by a robot for all the difference it makes,
we're a big pleasure cruise ship (not sunken wreck yet) aimlessly drifting
about the vast oceans keeping well away from the aircraft carriers of the
footballing world  ::)
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: barticus on January 14, 2015, 09:50:23 PM
Bony gone...Shaqiri signed for Inter til 2019 and now we're linked with another attacking player who we don't need...aka Lavezzi for 8 mil...
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on January 17, 2015, 11:27:49 AM
Suso gone to Milan permanently.

Now we have the mighty West Ham to beat to Alex Song.

Our transfer dealings stretching back for what seems a very long time now are an example to all other clubs..........
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on January 17, 2015, 11:28:18 AM
..........NOT to follow.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on January 17, 2015, 12:13:04 PM
Tomkins could probably find a reason and a way to explain away the Yorkshire Ripper's 'transgressions'.

Whilst every transfer record of every manager/sporting director (continental clubs) has 'misses' on it, the record under FSG, as afterall they appoint the people tasked with finding and making the decisions on transfers, and are the only common denominator and easily identified protagonist, is downright bloody awful.

The Comolli (or should that be Comodi or even Commode as that's the best association with his signings) stroke Comolli/Dalglish 'era' produced what? Suarez and eventually Hendo? Any others my addled mind has forgotten?

Then the Rodgers stroke Transfer Committee stroke Rodgers/Transfer Committee era has heralded Sturridge and Coutinho. Coutinho in terms of price paid for the talent, though even now he's not managed to be a consistent talentand performer. There's one or two 'maybes', 'could bes' or 'might bes' - that should prove an interesting list for us all to compile.  ;D

What Mr Apologetic conveniently overlooks is that we are not trying to compete 'toe to toe', 'cheque book to cheque book' with the likes of Chelsea and the two Manc clubs and Arsenal. I'm presuming they're the four placed ahead of us.
We're not predominantly buying 'names', but instead, are or should be, buying a mixture of lesser lights who can come in and make a real impact (Suarez, Sturridge types, and further back Hyypia), obvious(ish) talents but not quite 'up there' for whatever reason to be bought ahead of the + £30M type players (everybody's idea of 'world class').
The second group are younger players to start to show obvious signs of their promise during the first season,  (it's there and you can see why there were signed), who then have made themselves first team regulars by the end of the second season.
The aim being that the collective unit being better than the sum of the individuals because you've put together a group of players that compliment each other, both in their individual partnerships (central defensive pairing etc), sub units (back four, midfield combos) and as an entire 'eleven'.

What he conveniently overlooks is the amount spent on defenders and the numbers brought in, and that despite all that, the defending is far more comedic than my attempts on Comolli's name, and has been a constant in that state since day one. Also, despite Rodgers referring to the defensive problems, and increasingly more often as his reign lengthens, there's no signs of an improvement and despite regularly acknowledging it, any signs that Rodgers actually knows the 'how to', certainly not on a consistent or prolonged basis. I'm not talking about isolated, semi promising, single, games, as we have had one or two of them punctuating the norm.
 
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on January 17, 2015, 08:40:21 PM
averages 2 to 3 goals per season, in a good season (from central midfield).

our transfer Committee have to be staying up late to find these gems.

Added to which he's available for a free in the Summer. Either way, buying him in January makes no sense.

How more unimaginative can our transfer dealings be. They could save money and appoint me on a quarter of what the lowest paid member of the committee is on and I could come up with an equally unimaginative 'flavours of the month'.

We seem intent on overpaying and getting not very much for a lot of money.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: the dude abides on January 27, 2015, 02:51:49 PM
(http://www.tablesleague.com/players/67631_fabian_delph_1.jpg)

Fabian Delph has admitted his Aston Villa team-mates were shocked to learn he had signed a new deal.

Delph revealed even the squad was surprised. “The lads are absolutely delighted. As soon as I told some of them they looked at me shocked to start with,” he said.

They see a lot in me and how dedicated I am and how I want to push on. They’re delighted to keep someone like me here. I see them as family, brothers, I’d run through a brick wall for them. They’re not just team-mates.”
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on February 02, 2015, 09:03:17 AM
(http://www.tablesleague.com/players/67631_fabian_delph_1.jpg)

Fabian Delph has admitted his Aston Villa team-mates were shocked to learn he had signed a new deal.

Delph revealed even the squad was surprised. “The lads are absolutely delighted. As soon as I told some of them they looked at me shocked to start with,” he said.

They see a lot in me and how dedicated I am and how I want to push on. They’re delighted to keep someone like me here. I see them as family, brothers, I’d run through a brick wall for them. They’re not just team-mates.”

Good man, Fabian. You've saved us from our ourselves, aka the transfer 'committee'.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on February 02, 2015, 10:07:02 AM
I now declare the window, and hence this thread, well and truly shut (until it rots and falls out of it's frame).
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Edward224 on February 02, 2015, 06:55:52 PM
You'll hear that Villa made a £5m offer for Rickie Lambert. That is false. All they have done is enquire to Lambert's availability. No way would their owner sanction £5m for a player in his 30's. I don't know what Villa would have offered but it hasn't gotten that far.

We do want Ings but only in the summer.
Title: Re: Winter transfer window 2015
Post by: Tes on February 10, 2015, 10:00:07 AM
Unless Villa are sold before the Summer it's doubtful that Lerner will give Lambert a transfer budget worth it's description, nevermind allow him to double the amount of Lamberts at the club by actually handing over any money.

Danny Ings - to laugh or cry, that is the question.