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Liverpool round-up: Newcastle to bid for veteran; new left-back linked; Ward likely to stay put

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Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez appears to be keen on a reunion with veteran Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, as reported in the Northern Echo.

Lucas, who signed for Liverpool from Gremio for £5 million under Benitez in the summer of 2007 and now the Spanish wants the Brazilian midfielder back in a deal which will be worth around £4 million.

The 30-year-old struggled for first team minutes in his preferred role in front of the back four last season, filling in at centre-back during the Reds’ various injury crises.

A move to Newcastle would see him gain more minutes in the Premier League as he enters the autumn of his career, so would benefit the player.

As for Liverpool, losing Lucas would see a fan favourite and club legend depart the club, but in pure footballing terms, his loss would not greatly affect the team, who have aspirations of launching a title challenge next season.

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One man who could be joining, though, is 22-year-old Porto left-back Rafa Soares.

Soares made 32 league appearances on loan at Rio Ave from Porto last season, scoring three times and assisting a further five and his addition would potentially solve a problem position for Jurgen Klopp after James Milner was forced to fill in at the back last season.

Soares told Omnisport, as reported by the Liverpool Echo and FourFourTwo, that he saw Liverpool as a “great club” and described being linked as an “enormous honour”.

Porto could be forced to sell some of their star players thanks to a fine for breaching Financial Fair Play rules, and there are rumours he has a release clause of just 15 million euros.

Finally, Danny Ward may be remaining at the club after the Reds rejected an offer from Huddersfield Town to take the ‘keeper back on loan, according to ESPN.

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Welsh international Ward, 23, would be third choice at Anfield, but Jurgen Klopp appears to want to give him a chance to prove himself in pre-season and is wont to let any goalkeepers depart with Champions League commitments and the retirement of third choice stopper Alex Manninger.

Ward would be an incredible luxury to have at third choice, but he has expressed his desire to return to Huddersfield and a season of Premier League football would do wonders for his development.

Finally, Liverpool have confirmed they will play friendlies against Tranmere (July 12) and Wigan (July 14) in pre-season.

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John is a history graduate from the University of Southampton, and will soon be completing a Master's degree in Journalism at Cardiff University

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