Transfer News Today: Liverpool turn to Brazil international as Lucas replacement

Today’s rumours feature a West London reunion, Liverpool solving their injury crisis, an Old Trafford exit and the end of an era at Chelsea

Forum chatter

Gangly goal-getter Peter Crouch is set to leave Stoke and work with Harry Redknapp for the FIFTH time in his career as he rejoins Queens Park Rangers 13 years after he left.

Why it will happen

Crouch understandably wants to move back to London to be closer to TV star wife Abbey Clancy, and bar his spell at Liverpool he has always produced his best football under Redknapp.

Why it won’t happen

QPR are by no means guaranteed promotion, and so dropping down a division at this stage of his career will be a huge risk for the former England forward.  

Tabloid gossip

An injury to midfielder Lucas Leiva has forced Liverpool to scour the market for a defensive midfielder, with Brendan Rodgers eyeing Lucas’s fellow Brazilian Romulo of Spartak Moscow.

Why it will happen

Capped eight times for his country and just 23 years old, Romulo certainly fits the bill for the Reds, and he’d have no problem adapting to life on Merseyside given Liverpool’s large South American clan.

Why it won’t happen

Romulo is only recently back from a serious knee ligament injury, and Spartak won’t be keen to let him go on the cheap. As they saw with Mohamed Salah, the Reds can easily be outbid.

Eyeing the exit door

Javier Hernandez is finally fed up with being a bit-part player at Manchester United, and the Mexican wants to leave in order to gain first-team football elsewhere.

Why it will happen

The forward should arguably have left a long time ago, and as he turns 26 in the summer it is surely time he becomes a first-choice striker somewhere else.

Why it won’t happen

With Wayne Rooney’s future far from certain and Robin van Persie’s injury problems reoccurring, David Moyes is likely to block any attempts that Hernandez makes to leave the club.

Captain, leader, leaving?


Chelsea skipper John Terry is resigned to leaving the club at the end of the season as the Blues are only willing to offer him a one-year contract, when he wants three years.

Why it will happen

Terry is 33, and is likely to have several clubs willing to offer him a deal on his terms following a season when he has re-established himself as his club’s first-choice centre-back.

Why it won’t happen

This is likely to merely be posturing from the former England captain, who will no doubt be looking to get the fans on his side and pressure the club into giving him what he wants.

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