The Guardian understands that Liverpool are preparing a £10 million bid for Southampton prodigy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is already being described in the media as the ‘new Theo Walcott’. The 17-year-old attacking midfielder has scored six goals from fourteen starts for The Saints in League One, but has demonstrated a turn of pace and creativity which is well beyond his years and Southampton’s division.
Fenway Sports Group have long since stated that their transfer policy will revolve around attracting young talent to the club if it becomes available at the right place, meaning they are willing to meet Southampton’s £10 million valuation. Should he sign, it is likely he would be nurtured carefully rather than thrown straight into the first team to support the out of form Fernando Torres.
Adam emerges as target.
Liverpool are the latest in a long line of Premier League teams to express an interest in signing Charlie Adam, skysports.com reports. Blackpool’s playmaker has been singled out as the Tangerines star man during their ascent to the Premier League under Ian Holloway and Liverpool have targeted him as the man to inject some creativity into their midfield.
Aston Villa and Birmingham have already had bids rejected as Blackpool attempt to hold on to one of their prized assets. However it is speculated that Kenny Dalglish’s standing in the game may be enough to entice the Scot to Anfield.
Dalglish supports Torres.
After more than a decade spent outside of management, a huge test of Kenny Dalglish’s credentials will be his ability to coax Fernando Torres back to the form which illuminated Anfield during his first two seasons at the club. Quoted in the Daily Telegraph, Dalglish rubbished worries that the Spaniard’s mind is set on leaving the club and that he is incapable of recapturing his early form with the Merseysiders.
“I went through a spell worse than that,” said the Liverpool manager. “I can pass on advice and I will try to help him in any way, shape or form.” King Kenny believes it is only a matter of time before his form returns: “He’s still a top goalscorer and he’s still somebody that everybody fears.”