Pepe Reina has insisted that he is happy at Liverpool and speculation of him wanting to quit the club is all false. The Liverpool Daily Post reports that the Spaniard believes he has a bright future on Merseyside.
28-year-old Reina said: ‘I am very happy and so is my family. I never wanted to go.’ Reina was a reported target for Arsenal and Manchester United after a disappointing start to the season under Roy Hodgson, but the introduction of new manager Kenny Dalglish and a sixth place finish in the league has helped Reina make a decision on staying at Anfield.
The goalkeeper, who signed a five year contract in April, revealed he has spoken to director of football Damien Comolli about possible transfer targets. Reina said: ‘Recently, I have talked with Comolli asking for the future and I believe in the club’.
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Reds eye Henderson move.
The Guardian reports that Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson is a summer transfer target for Liverpool. The 20-year-old is currently on international duty with the England under 21s and Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has placed a £20 million target on Henderson’s services.
Henderson has impressed several Premier League games this season and made his full England debut in November 2010. The midfielder was reportedly a target for Manchester United, but Liverpool seem to be prepared to make a big money offer to get the talented Henderson to Anfield.
Liverpool’s reported bid will be dealt with when Henderson comes back from international duty and the attraction of potential Champions League football for Henderson could force a move from the Stadium of Light for the midfielder, who played 37 games in the Black Cats’ successful season as they finished 10th in the league.
McCarthy links return.
Wigan have resigned themselves to the fact that they may have to sell midfielder James McCarthy, The Mirror reports. The 20 year old midfielder is reportedly a target for Liverpool, with Chelsea and Arsenal also tracking the progress.
The Irish midfielder joined Wigan from SPL side Hamilton in January 2009 and has impressed the big sides in England with his performances. Wigan chairman Dave Whelan said: ‘James is a quality young player. In the end, of course, you have to let me go, there’s no question about that’.
McCarthy’s teammate, at Wigan and Hamilton, James McArthur believes the 20-year-old could have his head turned by the attraction of a bigger club than Wigan. McArthur said: ‘I’m sure he will be tempted if there are offers. So it’s a Catch-22 and a hard decision for him’.
Any offer will have to meet the valuation Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, which is around £5 million. Liverpool are the main interest in McCarthy and could be expected to make a bid anytime soon for the talented young Irish international.