Liverpool set to table bid for £20m-rated Henderson
sunderland's England international Jordan Henderson has emerged as a leading target for Liverpool this summer as the Reds seek to strengthen their midfield.
The 20-year-old has been identified as one of Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli's top targets, and the Anfield hierarchy hope that a deal can be done early in the summer.
Henderson is also on Manchester United's radar but, with Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder apparently bound for Old Trafford, a move to Liverpool might be more appealing.
A box-to-box midfielder in the Steven Gerrard mould, Henderson made his debut for the senior England team against France in November. With four years left on his contract, he would cost around £20m as one of the brightest young English talents, having come through the Sunderland youth academy.
Liverpool are also interested in Aston Villa's Stewart Downing, having missed out on Downing's team-mate Ashley Young, who is set for United. Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia is another target.
•Former Liverpool favourite Robbie Fowler is returning to England from Australia to take his coaching badges. The 36-year-old has spent two years Down Under at North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory.
•Barcelona captain Carles Puyol will be sidelined for two to three months after having surgery on his troublesome left knee yesterday.
The 33-year-old defender, unavailable for Spain's friendlies against US and Venezuela this month, missed most of the second half of the season due to the recurring injury.
He was left out of the starting XI for Saturday's 3-1 Champions League final victory over United but was given a run-out in the 88th minute.