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Liverpool round-up: Shock interest in Middlesbrough midfielder; Spanish star discusses rumours; battle for Hart

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Liverpool round-up: Shock interest in Middlesbrough midfielder; Spanish star discusses rumours; battle for Hart

In a shock move, TuttoMercatoWeb report that Liverpool are considering a move for Middlesbrough midfielder Gaston Ramirez, who was heavily linked with a move to Anfield when he instead to opted to sign for Southampton in 2012. The Uruguayan joined Middlesbrough in the summer but is unhappy and has handed in a transfer request after Leicester’s attempt to sign him was rebuffed in the January transfer window.

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Aitor Karanka is currently refusing to sell the attacking midfielder, insisting that he will remain at the Riverside, but the club may be forced to sell if a substantial offer is made for him in the summer, having signed him on a free transfer in the summer.

Another target could be Athletic Bilbao winger Inaki Williams, but the young Spaniard has seemingly dismissed speculation in an interview with Sportium, translated by Squawka and the Independent, as he said:

“This is my home. There are a lot of rumours going around but I’m relaxed about it. If other clubs are looking at me it’s because I’m doing well. I’m very lucky. If I had to leave Athletic tomorrow I’d be completely up front with the club. They have given me everything. I have a contract. The first thing I would do is talk to the president, who has always been great towards me. I’m where I want to be.”

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Labelled as one of the quickest players in Spain and in some of the best form of his life, Williams would undoubtedly fit into Jurgen Klopp’s system but is not in any hurry to leave San Mames and has also caught the attention of Borussia Dortmund and Juventus with his good performances.

Perhaps the most urgent need for the club in the summer will be in goal, though, with Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius both disappointing this season, and the Guardian claim that the club could be preparing to do battle with Arsenal for Manchester City shot-stopper Joe Hart.

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At a reported price fo £15 million, Hart could be good value and would solve a major problem for the club which Jurgen Klopp is desperate to fix if the club are to put up a fight for the title next season.

Featured Image: All rights reserved by MARIA JOSE SEGOVIA.

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