Transfer news: Liverpool may have to wait until the summer to sign Cristian Tello and Mohamed Salah - reports
Kop bids for Tello and Salah have put on hold until the summer as Kop fustration grows
Tuesday 07 January 2014
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is facing a six month wait to sign prime targets Cristian Tello and Mohamed Salah - from Barcelona and FC Basel respectively - after both deals looked increasingly unlikely last night.
The Reds boss had hoped to strengthen his squad in January after a momentary blip in form towards the end of December meant they dropped four places to fourth, but may have to wait until the summer to complete a number of deals.
According to The Mirror, Rodgers planned to take Tello on loan until the end of the season before finalising a permanent switch in June.
The 22-year-old winger has grown increasingly disillusioned at the Nou Camp after making just two La Liga starts for the Catalans. However Barca have made it clear to Tello that, until their burgeoning injury list subsides, he will have to stay as cover.
Interest was also growing at Anfield in Basel's exciting midfielder Mohamed Salah but the Swiss champions' demands, thought to be over £10m, have deemed any deal unworkable in the short term.
Rodgers is unsure if committing such an outlay would deliver instant results, as it is likely the 21-year-old will require significant time to adapt to the rigors of the Premier League.
Latest in Sport
Manny Pacquiao secures $12.5m mansion by giving seller four tickets to 2 May fight with Floyd Mayweather
WrestleMania 31: What time does it start? Full match card and preview ahead of WWE event
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
Manchester United transfer news: Chris Smalling and Phil Jones face uncertain future with contract renewal talks on hold
Malaysia Grand Prix 2015 LIVE: Sebastian Vettel wins in just his second race with Ferrari with Lewis Hamilton second and Nico Rosberg third
- 1 Is this bridge haunted by the ghost of nu rave?
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 The day I starred in Only Fools and Horses
- 4 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew