Brendan Rodgers eager to offload Liverpool FC fringe players to pay for new arrivals before transfer deadline day
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BRENDAN RODGERS will continue to overhaul his Liverpool FC squad ahead of Friday night’s transfer deadline as the boss waits to discover the extent of Lucas Leiva’s thigh injury.
It promises to be a busy week at Melwood as Rodgers looks to offload fringe players in order to finance new signings.
The Reds remain keen on agreeing a deal for Fulham’s Clint Dempsey, who has been frozen out at Craven Cottage since informing Martin Jol of his desire to leave.
Dempsey has his heart set on a move to Anfield but the USA international’s future is likely to hinge on Liverpool’s ability to generate the cash for a £8million bid.
The Reds will listen to offers for Charlie Adam, who failed to make the matchday 18 for Sunday’s game against Manchester City.
The Scotland international is a long way down the pecking order under Rodgers and looks set to depart just over a year after his £8million switch from Blackpool.
Jay Spearing is expected to complete a season-long loan move to Bolton Wanderers, while Joe Cole could also leave.
Liverpool officials insist reports suggesting they are on the brink of agreeing a deal with West Ham for Cole are wide of the mark with no talks having taken place.
Any transfer for Cole ahead of the window shutting is complicated by his £100,000 per week wages and the fact he is currently sidelined by a hamstring injury.
Andy Carroll appears increasingly likely to remain at Anfield with no improved bids for the club’s £35million record signing on the table.
Rodgers has made it clear that there is no chance of the Reds backing down and accepting Newcastle’s derisory offer of a loan spell prior to a £12million permanent transfer next summer.
Lucas is set to have a scan today on the thigh problem which forced him off after just four minutes against Man City.
The Brazilian midfielder appears certain to miss Thursday’s Europa League clash with Hearts and Sunday’s home league game with Arsenal.
However, medical staff are hopeful that the damage is only minor and Lucas could be back for the trip to Sunderland on September 15 after the international break.