Gaston Ramirez back on Liverpool and Spurs radar as Southampton move stalls

Liverpool and Tottenham have been boosted in the race for Bologna winger Gaston Ramirez with his proposed move to Southampton on the brink of collapse. Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez was set to complete a £11.8million move to Southampton (Picture: Getty) Ramirez had announced last week that he was on the cusp of a surprise move to the Premier League new boys, who had reportedly agreed terms on a £12 million deal with Serie A club Bologna. But the Italians have since denied that a fee has been agreed, and although Ramirez has been given permission to talk to Southampton over a move, the two clubs are struggling to find a compromise on terms. Saints boss Nigel Adkins is willing to hand over up to £15 million for the 21-year-old, but Bologna feel he is worth closer to £18 million, and are aware that Liverpool and Tottenham are both hovering with significant interest. The Reds have been chasing Ramirez all summer, but have also failed to agree a fee, while Tottenham had reached an agreement last month only for the player to snub a move over wage demands. However, with his move to Southampton on the verge of collapse, both Spurs and the Reds are preparing new offers in a bid to land the highly-rated Uruguayan wideman. It is thought that Ramirez favours a move to Liverpool over the other options, but will accept any move to the Premier League in a bid to ramp up his development and boost his wage packet. Check out our latest daily transfer gossip live blog

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Liverpool join Tottenham in the hunt for Porto winger Christian Atsu

Liverpool have joined Tottenham in the hunt for Porto winger Christian Atsu. Christian Atsu: Porto prospect (Picture: Getty Images) The 20-year-old wideman is the latest top talent to roll off the production line at Porto, but only shot to fame last season, during a hugely successful loan spell with Rio Ave.Atsu scored six goals in 27 appearances for the Portuguese minnows, and also bagged a number of assists, while attracting attention from a host of European clubs.Atsu, who was promoted to the Porto first-team two years ago by then manager Andre Villas-Boas, is wanted by his former boss for new club Tottenham, but the Ghana star has no shortage of other suitors.Indeed, Liverpool are now understood to have asked Porto how much they want for the player, and are now waiting to see if Tottenham firm up their interest before testing the water with a bid.Porto value Atsu at around £7 million, and have already told him that he will get first-team opportunities next season, but the lure of the Premier League is turning his head.Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring in another left winger, and after talks stalled over Bologna’s Gaston Ramirez, he has been recommended Atsu by Liverpool scouts.Porto are willing to consider a season-long loan with the option to buy, but both Liverpool and Tottenham want a permanent deal this summer.

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Gaston Ramirez’s agent arrives in England for Liverpool talks

Liverpool have moved a step closer to landing Bologna winger Gaston Ramirez after his agent arrived in England for talks. Liverpool have moved a step closer to landing Bologna winger Gaston Ramirez (Picture: Getty) Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is desperate to add some much needed width to his new-look team next season, and has turned to Ramirez after baulking at Fulham’s £10 million asking price for Clint Dempsey.A fast, agile and elegant left winger who can play up front, Ramirez is rated as one of the finest players in Italy, and has been tracked by Barcelona, AC Milan and the two Manchester clubs in the last six months.However, it appears that Liverpool, who held initial talks over a deal with Bologna last month, have jumped the queue, with the players agent arriving in England this week to sort out a transfer to the Premier League:’Gaston is ready to leave Italy – so much so I am in England for talks with a Premier League club,’ agent Pablo Betancourt told Mercato.’He is one of the most important players in Uruguray, so there are no shortage of offers.’Inter Milan and Tottenham are two other clubs believed to have significant interest in Ramirez, but neither are willing to stump up the £15 million Bologna want for the 21-year-old.That clears the way for Liverpool to get their man, and they are hopeful they land the player in the next fortnight, despite the transfer being complicated, as Ramirez will be on duty for Uruguay during the London Olympics.The former Penarol ace, who is contracted to Bologna until 2016, has already set his heart on a move to Anfield. Check out our latest daily transfer gossip live blog

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Liverpool mull over £10m Joe Allen offer

Liverpool are ready to test the water with a £10 million bid for Swansea star Joe Allen. Kop target:Joe Allen of Swansea City (Picture: Getty Images) New Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is still looking to add at least four new faces to this squad this summer, despite signing Italy striker Fabio Borini for £11 million, and recalling Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani from their loan spells. Rodgers has already held talks with Fulham over Clint Dempsey and Bologna with regards to Gaston Ramirez, but Liverpool are unhappy with the prices quoted and have shelved negotiations for the time being. The club have now focused their attentions on landing 23-year-old Allen, who is rated as one of the finest pass-masters in the Premier League. As Metro revealed last week, Liverpool have made contact with Swansea and asked them to name their price for Allen, and have since been quoted a figure in the region of £15 million. However, Rodgers believes that the player is so keen to move to Anfield, they can agree on a cut price deal and plans to test the water with a £10 million bid in the next few days. The deal is likely to only be finalised once the Olympics have finished, with Allen set to play a key role in the Team GB side, but Liverpool are confident they can reach a verbal agreement in the next week or so. The Merseysiders are also willing to throw in a season-long loan of midfielder Jojo Shelvey to help push through the transfer.

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Clint Dempsey’s Liverpool move on the rocks as Fulham stand firm

Liverpool have cooled their interest in American forward Clint Dempsey, after baulking at Fulham’s £10 million asking price. Rated: Fulham won’t budge on £10m valuation of Clint Dempsey The Reds are currently in talks with four overseas players over moves to the club, with new manager Brendan Rodgers promising this week a new wave of ‘really exciting’ signings are on their way. Roma forward Fabio Borini and Bologna star Gaston Ramirez head Rodgers’ list of potential new recruits, but a deal for Dempsey is looking increasingly unlikely, after Liverpool baulked at Fulham’s asking price during initial talks late last week. Dempsey has already told Fulham boss Martin Jol he wants to move to Anfield this summer, but the club are sticking to their valuation of around £10 million and are refusing to budge. Liverpool value the 29-year-old at £6 million, but would be prepared to bump it up to £8 million if the Cottagers accepted a bonuses-related financial package. Fulham have said no to both offers, and have now been informed that Rodgers is perusing other options, although he may return to the negotiating table before the end of the month. Elsewhere, Liverpool are also continuing their attempts to offload players, with talks progressing with West Ham over a loan deal for Andy Carroll, while Milan are hopeful they will be able to agree a nominal fee for Alberto Aquilani as he returns to pre-season in England, still pining for a return to Serie A. Liverpool have also handed a trial to 18-year-old forward Amadou Diallo, who is a free agent after leaving Monaco at the end of his contract last month. Check out our latest daily transfer gossip live blog

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