Liverpool have rejected Chelsea’s offer of £7m and midfielder Yossi Benayoun for midfielder Raul Meireles, The Liverpool Daily Post reports.
The Stamford Bridge side are keen to bring in Meireles to strengthen their midfield options, but Liverpool are not keen on bringing Benayoun back to Anfield. Liverpool paid £10m last August for Meireles and the Portuguese midfielder was one of Liverpool’s most impressive performers last season.
However, Meireles has been on the bench for Liverpool’s opening two Premier League games and was sidelined with a shoulder injury in last Wednesday’s Carling Cup win at Exeter City. Chelsea could have more chance of signing the Portuguese midfielder if they upped their bid to around £10m and Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas will have to move quickly to put together a package that suits Liverpool before Wednesday night’s transfer deadline.
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N’Gog nears Bolton.
David N’Gog’s long protracted move to Bolton Wanderers from Liverpool should be finalised before the transfer deadline today, according to The Liverpool Echo.
The 22 year old Frenchman has been a long time target for Trotters boss Owen Coyle and Bolton are prepared to match N’Gog’s Anfield salary to bring him to the Reebok Stadium. N’Gog will travel across the North West to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical, with the deal expected to be completed before the end of today.
N’Gog has made 94 appearances since arriving at Anfield in 2008, scoring 19 goals, but has found himself surplus to requirements at Anfield this season following Reds manager Kenny Dalglish’s new signings during his time at Liverpool.
Bolton are expected to pay around £4m for N’Gog and are desperate to add to their attacking options after missing out on Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge this summer.
Downing impressed by fanbase.
Liverpool winger Stewart Downing has been shocked by the amount of fans that Liverpool have across every corner of the globe, liverpoolfc.tv reports.
Downing is based in the city centre having yet to find a house in Merseyside and has had a lot of interaction with the local Liverpool fans. The former Aston Villa man was also shocked by the substantial number of fans on the club’s pre-season tour of Asia.
The winger said: ‘Everywhere we go, there seems to be a lot of fans. No disrespect, but I didn’t have that at other clubs. We have fans all around the world. I didn’t realise we had so many fans based abroad. It shows you it’s a big football club’.
‘I’ve met a lot of the fans and the people and can sense a buzz around the place. They ask about the players, about who is fit and the season. They’re very nice people, very genuine’, Downing added.