Saturday 18 November 2017

Benitez forced to find £10m for Jones as Black Cats rule out Anfield loan deal

Mark Ogden and John Ley

RAFAEL BENITEZ must raise cash to fund a £10m move for Sunderland forward Kenwyne Jones after the Wearside club made it clear that they would not agree to the player signing a loan deal with Liverpool.

Benitez has identified the Trinidad and Tobago international as his prime target in the remaining two weeks of the transfer window following the loss of Fernando Torres for up to six weeks with a knee injury.

Jones, a £6m buy from Southampton in August 2007, has scored just six goals for Sunderland this season, but manager Steve Bruce is under no pressure to sell to raise transfer funds.

Bruce is understood to be willing to part with Jones, but only on a permanent basis, forcing Benitez to hope that funds can be raised by the possible sale of winger Ryan Babel.

Sunderland are monitoring Paraguayan forward Salvador Cabanas after failing to lure Schalk's Kevin Kuranyi.

Meanwhile, former Liverpool striker Robbie Keane faces the axe against his former club when Tottenham visit Anfield for their crucial Premier League clash tomorrow night.

The Irish captain and record goalscorer is likely to be one of the fall-guys as Harry Redknapp seeks to end a sequence of poor results against the 'big four' teams. Tottenham visit Liverpool tomorrow attempting to win at the home of one of the 'big four' for the first time in 66 attempts.

The Tottenham manager said: "I am not being disrespectful to Robbie but when Crouch came on (against Hull in Saturday's 0-0 draw) we suddenly looked more dangerous." Redknapp is also considering giving a rare start to Jermaine Jenas. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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