Date: 27th January 2013 at 10:31am
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Vital Liverpool brings you all the latest LFC related transfer news and gossip. See who’s rumoured to be coming and going today…

With the January transfer window into its final few days we’ve decided to compile all the daily Liverpool-related news and gossip in one place. Vital Liverpool will also again have a live deadline day blog to bring you any last minute rumours and completed deals as they happen. Make sure you come back to this page regularly throughout the day as it will be updated as stories emerge and develop.

Previous Transfer News
Transfer News: 25/01/2013
Transfer News: 26/01/2013

Here’s what’s circulating today:


New Speculation

Name: Christian Benteke
Club: Aston Villa
Nationality: Belgium
Position: Striker
Value: £15m

Relegation threatened Aston Villa have a struggle on their hands to keep top scorer Christian Benteke at the club past this season, even if they stay up.

The £7.5m summer signing from Genk has impressed in a struggling side, regularly keeping England international Darren Bent on the sidelines.

The 22-year-old has 11 goals to his name and the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are also keeping an eye on the Belgium international.

Source: Daily Mail

Vital Verdict
Benteke has generally been head and shoulders above his teammates during Villa’s disastrous season so far and we know first-hand how hard he can be to handle following our shock 3-1 defeat at Anfield in December. Price and demand will no doubt be high so Liverpool’s chances of signing Benteke, if they are interested, won’t be high.

Likelihood (out of 5):

Name: Asmir Begovic
Club: Stoke City
Nationality: Bosnian
Position: Goalkeeper
Value: £15m

A string of fantastic performances by Asmir Begovic over the past couple of seasons have resulted in the former Portsmouth player becoming a wanted man amongst the Premier League’s top clubs.

As well as Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United, who the 25-year-old is believed to favour, are also in the frame for a goalkeeper who usurped 100-cap Danish international Thomas Sorensen from the Potters’ starting line-up.

Begovic is under contract at Stoke until 2016 and any transfer is unlikely to happen until the summer at the earliest.

Source: Daily Mirror

Vital Verdict
A proven and reliable goalkeeper who is still at an age where he can get even better. As with the previous Jack Butland stories, Liverpool are likely to be in the market for a new shot stopper should Pepe Reina leave in the summer. Unfortunately, as the report suggests, a number of other top clubs will no doubt be interested and it will be difficult for the Reds to secure Begovic’s signature.

Likelihood (out of 5):

Previous Speculation Update

Name: Tom Ince
Club: Blackpool
Nationality: English
Position: Winger
Value: £8m

Liverpool’s ongoing pursuit of Tom Ince has a new threat in the shape of Reading.

The Blackpool wideman has long been linked with a return to Anfield, two years after he departed in pursuit of more first-team opportunities.

The main stumbling block had always been the fee with the Reds owed a sell-on percentage and therefore choosing to offer less than the Tangerines are asking of others.

Now though fellow Premier League teams are said to be taking an interest with Reading believed to be prepared to pay £8m for the 20-year-old who cost Blackpool only £250k after his contract on Merseyside ran-down.

Ince, who is an England U21 international, has an impressive tally of 15 goals so far this season and is the son of former Liverpool, Manchester United and Inter Milan star Paul.

Source: Sunday People

Vital Verdict
Ince is a good talent who the club didn’t want to lose in the first place. Tricky, direct and with an eye for goal, he would strengthen Liverpool’s squad and suit both the teams 4-3-3 formation and its youthful nature.

Likelihood (out of 5):


New Speculation

Name: Sebastian Coates
Club: Gremio
Nationality: Uruguayan
Position: Defender
Value: £7m

Unhappy Reds defender Sebastian Coates is a rumoured £7m transfer target for Brazilian club Gremio.

However, the wealthy Samba outfit can sign the Uruguayan after the European window shuts, due to the different deadlines operated in South America, which could complicate the matter.

Brendan Rodgers is likely to want a replacement in first but with Brazilian starlet Coutinho set to join the recently arrived Daniel Sturridge at Anfield, money might be an issue unless Gremio bid sooner.

Coates is well regarded by everyone at Liverpool but the talented 22-year-old clearly needs more game time after featuring on only nine occasions so far this season.

“I’m going through a complicated moment here at Liverpool,” commented the former Nacional man recently.

“I want to play for the Uruguayan national team and I must play for my team to achieve that.”

Juventus have also been linked with a loan move for the player until the end of the season.

Source: Daily Mirror

Vital Verdict
Although the destination and type of transfer are unclear it is highly likely Coates will be on his way out shortly. He’s a talented player who needs to be playing regularly to fulfil his undoubted potential but with Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Jamie Carragher all in front of him, that doesn’t look like happening at Liverpool.

Likelihood (out of 5):

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