Date: 29th January 2013 at 1:07pm
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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.

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Transfer News: 27/01/2013
Transfer News: 28/01/2013

Here’s what’s circulating today:


New Speculation

Name: Mauro Zarate
Club: Lazio
Nationality: Argentine
Position: Striker
Value: £5m

A number of Premier League sides are believed to be interested in bringing Argentine stirker Mauro Zarate back to England before the transfer window shuts on Thursday.

The one-time Birmingham City loanee has struggled in Serie A of late, including on-loan at Inter Milan last season, despite enjoying a bright start to his career with Lazio in 2008-2009.

The Italians are believed to be keen to offload and would consider a fee of around £5m, a far cry from the rumoured ?20 million Lazio paid Qatari side Al-Sadd to secure the player permanently three seasons ago.

As well as Liverpool, the Sky Sports story connects Stoke City and Sunderland with moves for Zarate. Previously The Mirror reported West Ham United and Queens Park Ranges as possible destinations.

Source: Sky Sports

Vital Verdict
A technically gifted frontman who a few years ago was hailed as the ‘next big thing’ by many observers within the game. Having played in a number of leagues around the world, the Argentine could bring some much needed experience to the Liverpool ranks despite still only being 25 years of age. A possible target in theory, but after the capture of Daniel Sturridge, the return from injury of Fabio Borini and the impending arrival of Philippe Courtinho, it would be surprising to see Brendan Rodgers choose to bring in another player of such attack-minded mentality.

Likelihood (out of 5):

Name: Nicolas Isimat-Mirin
Club: Valenciennes
Nationality: French
Position: Defender
Value: £3m-£5m

Isimat-Mirin is enjoying a growing reputation within European football and a string of impressive performances for un-fancied Ligue 1 outfit Valenciennes have drawn attention from bigger clubs, both domestically and oversees.

The 21-year-old has been connected with a move to Anfield in the past and with Kop boss Brendan Rodgers now thought to be looking to strengthen his defensive options, a move could suddenly become more feasible.

However, any approach from Liverpool probably depends on offloading current backup centre-back Sebastian Coates first and according to French daily L’Equipe that could allow others, more specifically Lille and Newcastle United, to steel a march on the Merseysiders.

Indeed current French champions, Lille, are believed to be ready with a cheeky bid of around £2m which will also allow the France youth international to remain on loan at Valenciennes until the end of the season.

Source: L’Equipe

Vital Verdict
Isimat-Mirin is a name that has cropped up on a couple of occasions over the past few months but unless a centre-back departs first (namely Coates) it would be a surprise to see Liverpool in the market at this stage. That said the player’s age and price could tempt the Reds into a move with one eye on the future as opposed to the present.

Likelihood (out of 5):

Name: Alex Pritchard
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Nationality: English
Position: Midfield
Value: ?

Pritchard’s impressive performances for Tottenham’s U19 side in the NextGen Series have supposedly caught the eye of a number of clubs including Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The Essex-born starlet is believed to be concerned by a lack of subsequent first-team opportunities and the recent purchase of yet another midfielder by the club (Lewis Holtby).

Pritchard’s contract at the Londoners will soon end, hence the speculation, and although Spurs are keen to renew it is a real possibility the player could decide to leave. If he does depart, a tribunal will settle on the fee as compensation for the player’s development.

Strengthening the link to Liverpool is the presence of Alex Inglethorpe as the club’s new U21 manager. Inglethorpe previously spent six years coaching Spurs’ junior sides.

Source: London Evening Standard

Vital Verdict
It is clear that Liverpool have a long-term overview to their transfer policy at present and strengthening the academy and U21 ranks is deemed as important as the first-team. Pritchard could therefore be a genuine target but it is doubtful whether the 19-year-old would stand a better chance of breaking through at Anfield than he currently has at White Hart Lane.

Likelihood (out of 5):

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