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Liverpool exodus on the cards as four talents tipped to leave Anfield before deadline day

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A Liverpool exodus is on the cards as four players have been tipped to leave Anfield before next week’s Deadline Day.

The Reds are set for a knock on effect from their signing of Porto and Colombia winger Luis Diaz. His imminent £54m arrival, coupled with the upcoming returns of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, will leave Jurgen Klopp with a few too many attacking options.

That means their stance on duo Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino has now changed.

Klopp was said to be reluctant to let Origi go this month. And it was reported that two offers for Minamino had been knocked back too.

However, as per The Athletic, both are now up for sale for the rest of January.

Liverpool will be looking to recoup some of the funds they are set to splash on Diaz. They could also do this with the sale of defender Nat Phillips, valued at £15m.

He’s been the target of attention from both Newcastle and Watford. Both have had offers turned down but could return.

And the man behind the report, journalist James Pearce, has revealed another exit could occur too.

Speaking on The Red Agenda Podcast, he said: “Neco Williams, I wouldn’t be massively surprised if there was some interest him before next week’s January deadline.”

Liverpool defender surplus to requirements

Pearce continued: “Liverpool were open to selling him in the summer, there was talk of a £10m asking price, and there’s an understanding at Liverpool about Neco’s position – there’s a World Cup at the end of the year and he needs to be playing regular football.

“He’s good enough to be doing that, but at Liverpool he has the misfortune of being behind Trent Alexander-Arnold.

“Also, Liverpool look at it and see Conor Bradley and the way he’s performed.


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“He’s younger than Neco as well, and he’s more happy to bide his time and learn his trade, so I think that’s why Liverpool are open to offers.

“I was told potentially a loan for the rest of this season with an option or an obligation for the summer for Neco Williams, so yeah, I think we probably will see him move on, if not this month then in the summer.”

Klopp plans face threat

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are reportedly plotting a midfield revamp involving a stellar star targeted by Liverpool.

The Reds have been tipped to make a major addition to their midfield ranks next summer. James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara are all the wrong side of 30.

Ajax’s Ryan Gravenberch is one name who has been linked. The 19-year-old Ajax superstar-in-waiting is already a regular in the Netherlands national team.

A Spanish report detailed Liverpool and Real Madrid’s interest in December, and claimed the Reds were willing to stump up £42m in the summer.

Now, ESPN have shed new light on the situation, namechecking Gravenberch as a Real target once again.

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“Would be a fine addition” – Huddersfield Town consider move for Rotherham United player: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Huddersfield Town are weighing up a move for Rotherham United’s Ben Wiles, as per a Patreon report by journalist Alan Nixon. 

The 23-year-old, who played a part in every single one of Rotherham’s 46-game season, netted eight times and provided a further seven assists from central midfield.

The young midfielder has surpassed the 150 appearance mark with the Millers, playing an integral role this season in their eventual promotion straight back to the Championship.

The exciting midfielder can operate in a number 10 role, whilst he is just as competent in deeper midfield roles, whilst he has also proven to be able to fill in the full-back positions when required.

Three of our writers here at FLW have shared their thoughts regarding Huddersfield’s interest in the 23-year-old…

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George Dagless 

I can see the thinking here.

He is a very decent player that has got room to grow even further and he matches the ethos Huddersfield have begun to introduce in terms of their transfer signings.

He is a player that has great potential but has already shown the level he has for Rotherham and I am sure that Huddersfield Town manager Carlos Corberan will feel he can coach him to become an even better player.

I suppose the only thing you have to wonder is whether he would get into the side if they are promoted to the Premier League but, certainly at least if they are not promoted, he would be a fine addition to the squad.

Adam Jones 

It depends on which division they are in next term.

If they win promotion, it would be quite an ask for Wiles to take a gigantic step from League One to the Premier League and this is why they may be wise to steer clear of a potential approach if they are successful in their play-off campaign.

However, this is the type of addition they should be making if they remain in the second tier, especially with Middlesbrough enjoying success with former Rotherham midfielder Matt Crooks since his arrival last summer.

A goalscoring midfielder could help them to climb into the top six again next term and although it will be a tall order for him to fill Lewis O’Brien’s shoes at this stage, they should take a chance on him with Wiles only 22 at this stage. He will only get better.

Carla Devine 

Ben Wiles has done well with Rotherham United this season. He has shown his talent consistently having scored eight goals and contributed seven assists in 46 appearances.

Furthermore at only 23-years-old, the midfielder still has plenty of time to grow his game even further and develop more. Therefore, stepping up to a more advanced club now would serve him well.

With Rotherham gaining promotion to the Championship this season and Wiles having a big role to play in that promotion, the move would be a natural progression for the player.

However, should they gain promotion to the Premier League it then has to be asked whether he would be ready for the step up to the top flight from League One.

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“An attractive proposition” – Leicester City set sights on Nottingham Forest star: The verdict

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Leicester City are interested in a summer move for Nottingham Forest centre-back Joe Worrall, as per a report from The Sun. 

Proving to be an absolute colossus for the Reds during the normal Championship campaign, Worrall will be hoping to play his part in guiding his side through the second-tier play-offs.

The 25-year-old is nearing 200 appearances in a Nottingham Forest shirt, proving to be a reliable figure over the years at The City Ground.

Should promotion be secured by Steve Cooper’s side in what remains, then it is likely that Worrall will remain at The City Ground.

Three of our writers here at FLW have shared their thoughts regarding Leicester’s interest in Worrall…

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Josh Cole 

Whereas Leicester are already able to call upon the services of Jonny Evans and Wesley Fofana, they could be making a shrewd investment by signing Joe Worrall.

The 25-year-old has excelled in the Championship for Forest this season and is currently averaging a WhoScored match rating of 6.99 at this level.

Although it may take Worrall some time to adapt to life in the Premier League due to the fact that he has never played at this level, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he goes on to produce an array of positive performances in this division in the not-too-distant future.

If Forest fail to achieve promotion this month, Leicester ought to test their resolve by submitting a reasonable bid for Worrall who certainly possesses the quality needed to play at a higher level.

Marcus Ally 

Worrall would be an excellent addition for Leicester City this summer.

The Foxes have struggled defensively this season with Jannik Vestergaard and Caglar Soyuncu not hitting the standards that they have in previous campaigns.

At 25, Worrall is very ready for the step up to Premier League football, if he is unable to achieve it with the Reds this season, then Leicester would be a very wise choice with the record they have at developing players in recent years, especially ones playing in the top-flight for the first time.

Worrall can dig in and become a no nonsense defender when required, and his composure on the ball and passing range makes him an attractive proposition for the vast majority of clubs outside of the big six in England.

Simmey Hannifin-Donaldson

Nottingham Forest fans won’t be happy to see Joe Worrall being linked with a move away from the club in the middle of their play-off challenge.

Although the reports state Worrall will remain at the club if they are promoted, even the rumours are an unwanted distraction.

I have to say though, it is surprising to hear Leicester being linked with the centre-back.

That is no knock on Worrall, but purely because the Foxes already have a number of talented central defenders on their books.

You would imagine that Jonny Evans, Wesley Fofana and Caglar Soyuncu would all be ahead of Worrall in the pecking order at the King Power Stadium and that’s before you even consider the likes of Jannik Vestergaard and Daniel Amartey who both have a good level of Premier League experience at this stage.

Considering the above, I don’t consider this a signing Leicester City need to make this summer, and I don’t believe it would be a good one for the player, either.

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