Monday 28 May 2018

Liverpool in shock €27m move for ex-Man United striker, but Reds to miss out on Serie A defender

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Javier Hernandez
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Javier Hernandez

Liverpool have identified former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez as a key transfer target, according to the Times.

The Mexican reportedly turned down an offer to move to Anfield in 2014 when he instead spent a year on loan at Real Madrid before joining Bayer Leverkusen from Old Trafford last summer.

Scoring 11 goals in 15 league matches this season Hernandez has again attracted the attention of the Liverpool hierachy.

The Anfield club reportedly considered making a move this January but are instead more likely to wait until the summer when they would have to spend around €27m to land their man.

Liverpool are set to miss out on the man earmarked to solve their defensive problems, according to the Daily Express. Inter's Andrea Ranocchia - despite a deal being agreed between the two clubs - has instead opted to stay in Serie A with Sampdoria.

The 27-year-old, 6ft 4in Italian international - who has fallen out of favour with Inter manager Roberto Mancini - will officially turn his back on a move to the Premier League this week.

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“I can confirm that tomorrow [Friday] will be the day for the signature with Ranocchia,” the defender's agent said. “We have a meeting with Inter to close the deal.”

Another man whose future seemingly lies away from Anfield is goalkeeperAdam Bogdan, who has failed to impress when deputising for Simon Mignolet this season.

Sky Sports report that the 28-year-old, who made high-profile errors against Watford and Exeter in recent weeks, is wanted by Ligue 1 strugglers Reims.

The unfolding saga of Jerome Sinclair's Liverpool future shows no sign of ending, meanwhile. The Daily Mail report that Watford - at the front of the queue to lure the 19-year-old contract rebel away from Anfield - have failed in a £3m bid. Sinclair has just six months left on his contract and talks with the Merseysiders have reached an impasse.

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