Liverpool close in on first two signings, but may pull out of striker deal

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Liverpool’s transfer window will kick into life in the coming days as the club expect to complete two signings during a pivotal week for Brendan Rodgers.

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The Independent report that the Northern Irishman will meet with chairman Tom Werner and Fenway Sports Group’s second largest shareholder Mike Gordon to discuss an uninspiring season that saw the Reds fall from title contenders to a side clinging onto an Europa League spot in just 12 months.

While The Independent reaffirm the belief that Rodgers’ job will not up for debate, it is likely that he will need to make drastic improvements in the coming months, starting with the incomings and outgoings within the squad.

The newspaper do bring good news for the Reds in that two players look set to take a step closer to a move to Anfield – James Milner and Danny Ings. Both players are out of contract at the end of the month, so are now free to discuss terms with the Merseyside club. A compensation fee will be required to bring in the Burnley striker due to his age.

Despite two key acquisitions, the Reds may have to throw in the towel when it comes to trying to sign their third key target.

The Independent explain that Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke will not be allowed to move for less than the £32.5m release clause that is in his contract, according to his boss Tim Sherwood. And while Liverpool remain impressed by the Belgian’s quality on the pitch, they are not willing to pay that amount of money for the player.

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