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Transfers news – Liverpool hunt Young to bolster full-back options

| 28.07.2010

It’s all change in the full-back area of the Liverpool team with reports suggesting Aston Villa’s Luke Young is wanted by Roy Hodgson.

After the departures of Emiliano Insua, Andrea Dossena, and Fabio Aurelio, Liverpool are very light in that deprtament of the side. They are without a recognised left-back and, apart from Jamie Carragher, lack cover for Glen Johnson on the other flank.

Should the situation remain the same, Liverpool’s hopes of a top four finish, priced at 11/8, would fall flat fairly soon.

However, they have had a bid of £2.5million for the former England right-back accepted by Villa, with manager Martin O’Neill saying: “There has been an offer from a football club which Luke is mulling over.”

Young was an important player in his first season at Villa Park, after moving from Middlesbrough in for £5million in 2008, but after suffering injuries last term has been leapfrogged by Carlos Cuellar.

Villa, who are 9/1 to qualify for the Champions League themselves, made the 31-year-old available for transfer this summer and while he is a capable at left-back, would likely feature as back-up for Johnson.

More transfers to get the Liverpool fans’ hearts racing are needed on the other side of defence, if any kind of title challenge is to be made. Hodgson’s side are 14/1 fifth favourites to win the Premier League.

PSV Eindhoven’s Carlos Salcido has emerged as a possible signing in that position, with the Dutch club prepared to sell in order to fund some transfers of their own.

The 30-year-old impressed at the World Cup for Mexico and would be a good purchase at around £3milion as he has the ability to play on the left side of midfield too.

Hodgson remains interested in the prospect of bringing Paul Konchesky to Anfield. The pair worked together at Fulham and Hodgson clearly likes the player he selected 42 times last season.

However question marks will be raised about the 29-year-old’s ability in Europe. Liverpool are 9/1 to win the Europa League but as a novice to such top-level competition, Konchesky could struggle.

Real Madrid’s Royston Drenthe and Wigan’s Maynor Figueroa are also targets for Liverpool, who are 1/3 to finish in the top six, despite coming seventh last term. See the full Premier League betting market.



Richard Anderson