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Liverpool Close In On Double Swoop

Liverpool are closing in on a double swoop for Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given and Sporting Lisbon defender Thiago Ilori, according to reports this afternoon

As we enter the final stages of the summer transfer window, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Liverpool are closing in on two more signings.


Liverpool are closing in on a double swoop for Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given and Sporting Lisbon defender Thiago Ilori, according to reports today.

Boss Brendan Rodgers is believed to be keen on bringing in experienced cover for No.1 Simon Mignolet and the Mirror are reporting that he is close to agreeing a deal to bring in Republic of Ireland international Given.

The 37-year-old is surplus to requirements at Villa Park and didn’t even go on the clubs pre-season tour this summer, and it seems the Reds are ready to give him a fresh start.

The newspaper claims that Given still has three years left on his £60,000-a-week deal but with Villa desperate to get him off their wage bill, they’ll be prepared to sell him to Liverpool for a nominal fee.

There are also widespread reports that Rodgers is on the verge of adding to his defensive options with Goal one of several media outlets who’re claiming that a £5.9m deal to sign Sporting Lisbon’s Thiago Ilori is close to completion.

Martin Skrtel appears out-of-favour under the Northern Irishman and with Kolo Toure picking up a groin injury in midweek, a centre-back has become a priority.

Liverpool were strongly linked with Ilori at the start of the summer but a deal couldn’t be agreed. However, Goal suggest that a breakthrough has been found and the 20-year-old is now expected to make the move to Anfield before the window shuts on Monday.

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What do Liverpool fans think of the proposed signings of Given and Ilori? Share your views below.



  1. andy

    August 30, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Wow, a 37 yr old keeper and a kid to add to another keeper a 32 yr old cb who hasn’t played for 2 years a non goalscoring forward who was playing for one of the worst teams in spain and another kid who wasn’t good enough for any top flight team in Spain to want and who Barca could have bought for 2m euros and rated so lowly they didn’t. Just what we need to ensure there is no chance that West Brom and Swansea nick 7th off us this year. What a joke LFC are.

  2. ben succcess

    August 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    good deal for ilori,but i dont think given is neccessary for now. Is going to be exciting if we can just get this wonder kid erikson before the tranfer window close……ynwa

  3. Nonsofc

    August 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    BR is dis what we excpet

  4. shak

    August 30, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Im a huge Liverpool fan but let’s be honest with ourselves…Rodgers ain’t big club quality…the fact that he has been buying so many unknowns or as people would call them…average players… he has not a clue about quality…Allen and Borini are examples…money could of been spent else where…now the idiot sold the only out and out senior winger we had in downing… he wasn’t the best but he was willing to put the extra in for the team…now we stuck with only ibe and sterling as our only wingers while dumb ass plays other players out of position to accommodate his stupidity…we are not only making our club a joke but also weakening the team…while Chelsea and spurs buy top quality players…Liverpool need a reality check and very very soon

  5. mr.liverpool

    August 30, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    BR is just too slow in the transfer market…. hw i wish Rafa had dis oppourtunity i his final year @ LFC. We,ve lost all important player dis summer and i strongly believe Liverpool will not exceed 7th position or less dis season on the table

  6. chukwu johnson

    August 31, 2013 at 11:41 am

    BR nice job but Given would be better on loan since we still have reina loan but nice job with d signings

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