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Transfer Rater: Nkunku to Liverpool

Football Whispers
By ESPN Staff

Sturridge may be only Reds signing

Striker Daniel Sturridge could be Liverpool’s only signing of the transfer window, manager Brendan Rodgers has indicated.

Daniel Sturridge will be hoping to make a positive start to life at Liverpool in the FA Cup
Daniel Sturridge cost around £12 million

Rodgers said there was no news on reported moves for Blackpool's Tom Ince and Jack Butland of Birmingham, adding: “There is not much more business to be done."

Liverpool spent in the region of £12 million to sign Sturridge from Chelsea, bolstering a forward line that has largely relied upon Luis Suarez, backed by impressive contributions from youngsters Raheem Sterling and Suso.

Rodgers, speaking ahead of Liverpool's third round FA Cup trip to Mansfield - which is live on ESPN on Sunday - was then asked about the potential purchases of Ince and Butland.

Ince, formerly a Liverpool academy player, has been linked with a £6 million return to Anfield but, pressed on whether there had been any progress on that front, Rodgers replied: "No."

He was then quizzed about goalkeeper Butland, who impressed as Great Britain's No. 1 during the summer and was said by Blues’ acting chairman Peter Pannu to be the subject of talks with Liverpool.

Rodgers was asked whether there was interest in Butland, to which he again said: "No" before adding: "We are not going to have a lot of money to do anything [else] in the window.

"We won't have that in January. There might be another, but there is not much more business to be done."

Rodgers also paid tribute to the departing Joe Cole, who sealed a move to West Ham on Friday.

The Liverpool boss said: "Joe's a good guy - I've known him for a long time. It's been difficult for him since he arrived here, but for the time I've been here he's not been a minute's problem.

"He's a good man, he's gone back to his home to play, he loves the club. So both parties move on."


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