Liverpool Up Aly Cissokho Pursuit

Liverpool have upped their interest in Aly Cissokho after missing out on Gael Clichy to Manchester City. The Reds are reportedly ready to make a £10m move for the Lyon left-back and would like him on board before the club depart for their tour of Asia next week. Clichy was believed to be Liverpool’s first choice to fill a problem position this summer, but the lure of instant success and, undoubtedly, money saw the Frenchman move to Eastlands for £7m. With Newcastle asking around £15m for Jose Enrique Kenny Dalglish has been forced to look further afield to identify a solution for the left-back spot. Despite his sketchy form last season Cissokho is still held in high regard and the club are confident in his ability to overcome his consistency issues. But a deal is by no means a formality as Arsenal are also rumoured to be interested in the 23-year-old as they look to replace the departed Clichy.

Liverpool to Wrap Up Downing Deal Next Week

Liverpool will try to wrap up the signing of Stewart Downing early next week, our sources understand. The Reds are keen to ensure the majority of their new recruits are on board before they depart for their tour of Asia. Villa reportedly rejected a £15m offer from Liverpool earlier this week , but Kenny Dalglish is determined to get his man and negotiations will continue over the coming days. Recently instated Villa boss Alex McLeish is thought to be holding out for around £20m for his star player, but if Downing expresses a desire to move on that value could drop by several million pounds. David Ngog and Joe Cole are both being touted as potential makeweights in this deal, but their wage demands could deter Villa from following up on their initial interest. Whatever the finer details of the deal may be, it is likely to be concluded within the next few days as Kenny Dalglish will want as many of his key players on board the flight to Asia as possible.

Liverpool Complete Charlie Adam Signing

Liverpool have completed the signing of Charlie Adam after the player passed a medical and agreed personal terms. The deal was wrapped up soon after Blackpool accepted a bid for their captain, thought to be in the region of £6.5m. Adam faces stiff competition for a starting spot at Anfield, but will be hoping his unparalleled passing range will warrant a regular starting berth as Kenny Dalglish looks to improve the service to his strikers. Being a left footer will work in the 25-year-old’s favour too, as the midfield is currently heavily unbalanced with an abundance of right footed players on board. One thing the Scot must work on, though, is his fitness as he looks to make a step up in class as well as division. He burned off much of his Championship paunch whilst playing in the Premier League last season, but he’ll have to step it up a notch if he is to stay up to speed with Liverpool’s new pass and move system.