Blackburn defender Phil Jones will complete his move to Manchester United this week, despite a late hijack attempt by Liverpool, The Telegraph reports.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish had held a high interest in the England under 21 defender, but his last-minute offer was not enough to change the mind of Jones and Blackburn Rovers. The legalities of the deal are now agreed and Jones moves to Old Trafford on a £16.5 million deal.
The Reds are looking for some defensive talent to strengthen their backline, as they look to secure Champions League football again at Anfield. Jones was one of Dalglish’s main targets, but Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has beaten Dalglish to the signature. Liverpool are now expected to sign Scott Dann or Roger Johnson from Birmingham City.
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Reds in for Dann.
Sky Sports reports that Liverpool and Arsenal are locked in a battle to sign Birmingham City Scott Dann. After Birmingham’s relegation from the top-flight last season, Dann’s departure from St. Andrew’s is imminent and Liverpool were said to be the favourites to capture the defender.
The 24 year old is being monitored by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and will hope the lure of immediate Champions League football will bring the central defender to the Emirates Stadium. Liverpool will hope that Dann, who is a boyhood Reds fan, will want to move to the club and help manager Kenny Dalglish in his bid to re-assert Liverpool’s position as one of the best sides in both England and Europe.
Dann’s impressive performances in the 2009/2010 season and the first half of last season have attracted several clubs to his services and the former Coventry man’s injury in January coincided with Birmingham slipping down the table and subsequent relegation from the league.
Kennedy backs Dalglish.
Former Liverpool European Cup winner Alan Kennedy believes that Kenny Dalglish is the man to lead Liverpool back to glory, the Daily Star reports.
Kennedy, who played for Liverpool from 1978 1985 and won two European Cups and four League Championships in the process, played with seven English stars in his time at Liverpool and can see the similarities with Dalglish’s crop of stars at the moment. Liverpool’s side boasts 13 Englishmen and Kennedy is excited about the prospects at Anfield.
Kennedy said: ‘The future is looking good. The balance and the age of the team is great. Liverpool are there to challenge, especially with the addition of these English stars, Henderson and Carroll. The best players in England and Europe will now want to come and join this elite squad.’
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