Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has indicated he is ready to step up spending at Anfield – he is reportedly ready to raid both Arsenal and Manchester City in a bid to bring success back to the red half of Merseyside.
The Reds unveiled new £15million signing Joe Allen from Swansea City last night, and Rodgers expressed delight at bringing in a player he felt was of a very high calibre, though indicated Liverpool’s spending was not over.
“This boy, when you see him play you'd think he was a Spanish player, a real European player - I would have paid many more millions for this kid,” he said.
The Mirror claims Rodgers is looking to swoop for Gunners star Theo Walcott, who has yet to come to an agreement in contract negotiations to extend the less than 12 months remaining on at Emirates Stadium.
The report also claims the Northern Irishman is hoping his relationship with Jose Mourinho – forged while he worked under the Portuguese at Chelsea – to lead to Liverpool hijacking Arsene Wenger’s bid to take talented young midfielder Nuri Sahin on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
Rodgers has reportedly also earmarked a bid for out-of-favour Manchester City winger Adam Johnson, who appears to have no future at the Etihad Stadium under current boss Roberto Mancini – reports earlier in the week suggested the England international could be used as a makeweight in a deal for Reds defender Daniel Agger.
Rodgers acknowledged fans may be getting impatient with the relative lack of movement in a squad that performed poorly in the league last season, but insisted he was doing all he could to acquire the personnel he believes can match his standards.
“It's been a bit frustrating for everyone - including myself - that we have not got them coming in quicker, but certainly our hunt continues. It's not easy though, because it's always so complex at a big club,” he added.
“What I have learned very quickly here is the minute Liverpool are interested, it adds a couple of noughts onto the price tag of a player. It's absolutely incredible.
“It means we still have work to do in the market. Hopefully between now and the end of the month we will have it done.”