Reading striker Shane Long is a target for Liverpool and the Reds’ scouts were in Northampton to watch Long score twice in his side’s pre-season friendly this weekend, the Daily Mail reports.
The 24 year old Irishman has been the target of West Brom, Everton and West Ham this summer and the Hammers are the only one to express a serious interest. Long scored 28 goals last season to fire the Royals into the Championship play offs last season and attracted a whole host of interest. West Ham placed a £6m bid, but that was swiftly rejected by Reading.
Reds manager Kenny Dalglish is looking to bring in the Irish international to push Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll for the front places at Anfield and Long could be open to a switch to the Premier League. Dalglish is also looking at Mexican starlet Marco Bueno, who is on trial at Liverpool, and reports suggest that a successful trial could result in a five year contract for the 17 year old.
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Dalglish to wait on Enrique.
Reds manager Kenny Dalglish is ready to play a waiting game in his attempts to sign Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique, according to the Daily Mirror.
Liverpool have been put off by the inflated value on the Spanish defender and have resisted any temptation to make a solid offer for Enrique. The Spaniard has one year left on his current deal at St. James’ Park and has indicated he has no intentions of signing a new deal with the Toon. Enrique’s open criticism of his side’s transfer policy could also land him in trouble and Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley has fined him around £100,000 for the outburst.
Dalglish values the Spaniard at around £5m and the 25-year-old is desperate to move to Liverpool, hoping that the fact that Newcastle could lose him on a free next summer will be enough to force through a move. Newcastle have lined up Manchester City left back Wayne Bridge as a potential replacement, but they will not sell Enrique until the Bridge deal is nearly finalised.
Spearing to fight for place.
Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing is preparing to fight for his place at Anfield next season and is up for the challenge, Liverpool Echo reports.
The young Liverpudlian started the final nine games of the season last term and his form was rewarded with a new contract by Reds boss Kenny Dalglish. The arrival of new boys Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson, coupled with Steven Gerrard’s return from injury, will make the central midfield much more competitive. Spearing is ready to make sure he gets his name on the team sheet as quickly as possible and maintain that form and place.
Spearing said: ‘I’ve got more competition to fight against now, but that doesn’t bother me. From a personal point of view, I wouldn’t say them coming in puts extra pressure on me, but it makes me fight more. I know I need to step up again and prove I can play alongside them or in front of them.’
The Reds are setting off to Turkey today for a friendly against Galatasaray on Thursday, which is followed by a trip to Norway to face Valarenga and then a final pre-season friendly against Valencia.
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