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Liverpool Summer Transfer Targets Episode 2

With the end of the 2012/13 season fast approaching, the summer transfer window will be open and Liverpool will no doubt set out to make more improvements to their squad.

There have been rumours, talks of deals and names everyone wants to see join Brendan Rodger’s current regeneration project. Here’s a look at the players who have been linked with a move to Anfield within the last few weeks.

Marco Rojas

The 21-year-old winger has attracted interest from Europe, including Liverpool, and it is believed Rojas has already held talks with teams in England and Germany.

The New Zealand international, who scored 15 goals in 27 games this season, spoke of his delight at the prospect of playing in Europe.

Rojas told AAP: “It’s every footballer’s dream to play in Europe and I’m over-the-moon to be able to say I’m about to live that dream very soon.”

Melbourne head coach Ange Postecoglou, though disppointed to be losing the A-League’s Player of the Year, hopes Rojas will to be a big success in Europe.

Ashley Williams

Liverpool face a battle for Ashley Williams according to several sources.

The Daily Mail and suggest Arsenal have moved ahead of Liverpool in the race to sign the Swansea skipper after reportedly holding talks with the former Tamworth Junior League representatives.

Arsene Wenger is desperate to strengthen at the back this summer and Williams is one of his top targets.

Williams is also wanted by Brendan Rodgers, who worked with the player at Swansea.

Christian Eriksen

Ajax have insisted there is no deal in place to sell star man Christian Eriksen to Liverpool this summer, but the Danish playmaker looks destined to leave the club at the end of the current campaign.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is a long-time admirer of the 21-year-old, who is considered one of Europe’s best young players.

However, Eefje Schep – Ajax’s communications chief – flatly denied that there was anything agreed with the Anfield club, although he refused to rule out that negotiations had taken place.

Jackson Martinez

Liverpool face a fight to sign highly rated Colombian international striker Jackson Martinez in the summer.

The 25-year-old, who has scored 17 goals in 31 league appearances this season, plays his club football for Mexican side Jaguares.

And he has attracted interest on Merseyside as well as other top European clubs, including Porto.

Liverpool hope to snap up the striker for around £4million after scouts have watched him on a number of occasions.

Loic Remy

Liverpool are ready to meet Loic Remy’s release clause with QPR on the brink of relegation.

The France international forward joined the Hoops in January in an £8m deal but can leave for the same price if Harry Redknapp’s side are relegated.

With QPR 10 points from safety with just four games left relegation is virtually assured, and Daily Star Sunday and the Sunday People both report that Liverpool are ready to make the first move.

Aly Cissokho

Valencia are known to be needing to offload players come the end of the season and Liverpool are hoping to capitalise on their situation by brining Cissokho to Anfield.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring in a new left-back to the club as that would provide him with the option of playing Jose Enrique in a more advanced position.

25 year old Cissokho has previously stated he would be open to a move to Liverpool and the player could find himself moving to the Premier League despite only joining Valencia from French side Lyon last summer.

Sergi Canos

Liverpool are hoping to convince young forward Sergi Canos to follow in the footsteps of Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas by rejecting a new contract at Barcelona in favour of a move to England.

Spanish newspaper Sport has reported that Liverpool have already been in contact with representatives of the young attacker in order to try and convince him to reject an offer from Barcelona.

While Barcelona have one of the most revered academies in professional football, due to Spanish law they cannot offer professional contracts to players until they turn 18, while in England the age is 17.

Canos is viewed as one of the best prospects in his age group at the La Masia academy and Barcelona would certainly not want to lose him, but the decision rests in the hands of the teenager and his advisors.

Modibo Diakite

Liverpool are set to make a move for Lazio defender Modibo Diakite according to talkSport.

Diakite is out of contract at the end of the season and was widely expected to move to Serie A side Napoli.

But negotiations with the Italian giants have reportedly broken down and that could pave the way for Diakite to move to Anfield.

Liverpool were thought to have been interested in the player’s signature earlier in the year, only to pull out of talks after it appeared the player was certain to sign for Napoli.

Micah Richards

Brendan Rodgers is keen on a summer move for Manchester City defender Micah Richards.

Liverpool have made an enquiry and are among a clutch of clubs who are interested in signing 24-year-old Richards.

Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are also watching developments closely while Real Madrid and Juventus have checked on his availability.

Richards has struggled with injury this season but City are reluctant to let him go and are likely to slap a £15m price tag on him to try and stop him leaving the Blues this summer.

Iker Casillas

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas is reportedly open to the idea of leaving his boyhood club for a Premier League outfit. Spanish newspaper AS believes Liverpool may have joined Arsenal in the hunt for the player, who is reportedly valued at £17m.

The 31-year-old Spanish international is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and, until recently, was the unquestioned No 1 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, a series of disagreements with manager Jose Mourinho led to him being dropped by the Portuguese in favour of reserve goalkeeper Antonio Adan. This sparked speculation the fans’ favourite would look to finish his playing career outside of Madrid; much as club legend Raul Gonzalez did when he left in 2009.

Asmir Begovic

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United are all circling around Asmir Begovic and will swoop for the keeper if Stoke are relegated this season.

Diego Capel

Sporting Lisbon’s Diego Capel, 25, is being targeted by Liverpool but the Anfield club will face competition from Marseille for the £10m-rated Spanish winger.

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