Here is Saturday’s news and gossip concerning Liverpool:
The Reds look to have beaten off competition from Manchester United for the Belgian, after they triggered his £32.5m release clause.
Danny Ings has revealed that he is pleased that the club look set to secure the signing of the Aston Villa forward, the Daily Mail report.
When asked if he had anything against the acquisition, given it may lessen his chances in the side, the former Burnley man responded: “No, not at all. It’s good news. At a club like this it is expected to sign top players. It can only lift you as it is all competition to get a starting place,” he said.
However, United may have the last laugh in the race for another of Brendan Rodgers’ main targets, after the Daily Express reported that Louis van Gaal wants Barcelona winger Pedro.
The Old Trafford outfit are willing to trigger the Spaniard’s £22m release clause.
Rodgers is planning to make a surprise swoop for former Lyon attacker Yoann Gourcuff, the Daily Express report.
The Frenchman will be available on a free after his contract with the Ligue 1 side expired.
Finally, Sampdoria have confirmed that they would be interested in ending Mario Balotelli’s Anfield nightmare, according to the Daily Express.
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