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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Poll: Who will be joining Liverpool FC on transfer deadline day?

Thomas Lemar
Liverpool have seen two bids rejected for Lemar, including a club-record offer of £65million.

Monaco do not want to sell the winger after seeing a number of their top players leave the club this summer.

However, Solhekol claims he has been told “every player has his price” with regards to Lemar.

“They’ve made two bids for Thomas Lemar, both have been rejected by Monaco,” Solhekol said on Sky Sports.

“The second was a club-record £65million.

“Monaco under no pressure to sell, after all they are on course to raise over £300million from sales.

“Monaco want him to say but we are told every player has his price.

“Lemar wants a move but he’s not kicking up a fuss."

“He played all 90 minutes as Monaco beat Marseille 6-1 on Sunday. He’s currently with the France squad just outside Paris.”

Lemar has also been linked with Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Arsenal this summer.

Last week Gunners boss Arsene Wenger claimed a deal for Lemar was “dead” as Monaco were refusing to sell.

But that has not put off Liverpool, who remain keen on the 21-year-old.

Reports now claim Liverpool have offered Monaco £74.4million plus striker Divock Origi for Lemar.

Kerem Demirbay
KEREM DEMIRBAY could sign for Liverpool in the next 48 hours, according to Bundesliga expert Lee Price.

Price believes central midfielder Demirbay, 24, is on Jurgen Klopp's radar and a late move could be on the cards.

Demirbay made his Germany debut earlier this year after snubbing an offer to play for Turkey instead.

He grew up playing for the Borussia Dortmund youth sides when boss Klopp was in charge before progressing to represent Dortmund B.

Spells at Hamburg, Kaiserslautern and Fortuna Dusseldorf followed before he moved to Hoffenheim last summer, where he shone.

Price, who has written books the Bundesliga and Liverpool boss Klopp, understands Spurs, Chelsea and Bournemouth are all keen too.

He told Express Sport: "Demirbay is a player I've known of for a while but it's only the last couple of years he's really shown what he can do.

"The young midfielder impressed for Hoffenheim against Liverpool in the Champions League qualifier, and was seen chatting to Klopp at the end of the game.

"Spurs are thought to be leading the chase, as Liverpool have been concluding a deal for Naby Keita, while Chelsea have prioritised Danny Drinkwater of Leicester.

"But his links to Klopp, having spent two years at Dortmund as a youth, means Liverpool is an option.

"There's a long way to go before any deal is done but there's a genuine chance he could sign in the next couple of days to bolster the Reds' midfield choices.

"Bournemouth could offer first team football, invaluable in a World Cup year for a player on the fringes of the German national team, but who was a part of the successful Confederations Cup squad.

"Don't be surprised if he's a late mover."

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
LIVERPOOL are prepared to hijack Chelsea’s deal to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to reports.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has made it clear to Arsenal he wants to leave before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

Liverpool and Chelsea both interested in signing the versatile midfielder.

But Express Sport understands Chelsea have stolen a march Liverpool by agreeing a £35m fee with Arsenal for his signature.

The 24-year-old is said to prefer a switch to Anfield but Antonio Conte is keen to bolster his midfield options with Oxlade-Chamberlain able to occupy the wing-back positions.

But the Irish Independent claim Liverpool could return with a bid of their own should they fail to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco.

The Reds have already had two bids rejected for the France international.

Monaco have repeatedly insisted Lemar is not for sale all summer with Aesene Wenger confirmed last week Arsenal had ended their interest in the left-sided winger.

However, Liverpool have stepped in to test Monaco’s resolve and are expected to return with a third bid.

Should they be knocked back once more, it is said the Reds will switch their attention back to Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Liverpool kicked off the week with a bang after sealing a club record deal of £48million to sign Naby Keita, who will move to Anfield next summer.

Virgil van Dijk
THE future of Virgil van Dijk took a turn with the bookies today in a dramatic few hours in the betting markets.

The market opened today at odds of 4/7 for Van Dijk to leave Southampton to join Liverpool.

Then, by 5.30pm this afternoon, traders at Sky Bet were spo convinced the Dutchman was on his way to Anfield they priced a move up at odds of 1/8.

That means punters would need to put £8 on the market to win just £1 back - and in layman's terms it's a dead cert.

But the price was then dramatically cut in as Sky Bet U-turned on their decision.

The odds rapidly lengthened from 1/8 to 2/5 in the space of less than two hours - suggesting bookies now think there's a fair chance Van Dijk is staying put.

The Southampton defender is desperate to leave Saints and is not short of offers.

But Mauricio Pellegrino’s side are publicly saying he won’t be sold before Thursday’s 11pm deadline despite him being exiled from the Argentine’s training regime.

Liverpool remain long-term admirers of Van Dijk and are thought to be prepared to smash their club-record transfer fee to sign him.

And according to the Independent, Van Dijk believes he still has a chance of joining Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

However, Southampton are refusing to do business with the Reds after the Merseyside outfit were accused of making an illegal approach to sign him earlier in the transfer window.

Van Dijk hasn't featured in any of Southampton's opening matches of the new season and has been training with the under-23 side.

But he hit back at claims he was refusing to train for the club after handing in a transfer request to force through a move away from St Mary's.

Since 2014, five players have left Southampton to join Liverpool.

Sadio Mane is the most recent former Saint to make the move up north to Anfield and he has since been a revelation in Klopp's side.

Possible transfer deadline target(s) for Liverpool FC

Thomas Lemar
Kerem Demirbay
Virgil Van Dijk
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
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