http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2186804/Brendan-Rodgers-chasing-Clint-Dempsey-Nuri-Sahin.html?ITO=1490&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitterRodgers shocked at 'incredible' prices slapped on transfer targets as Liverpool boss eyes Sahin and DempseyBrendan Rodgers admits he is shocked at the prices being quoted for his transfer targets
since he took over as Liverpool manager.
Rodgers has signed Joe Allen from his old club Swansea after meeting the £15million release clause in the midfielder’s contract.
But the frustrated Anfield boss has found other deals harder to complete because he claims clubs try to drive up the price whenever Liverpool show an interest.
Rodgers is keen to bolster his newly acquired squad further, and is interested in either Fulham's Clint Dempsey or Real Madrid's Nuri Sahin.‘It’s absolutely incredible,’ said Rodgers after taking charge of his first home game against FC Gomel on Thursday.
‘It’s always complex at a big club but what I’ve learnt here very quickly is that the minute Liverpool are interested it adds about two noughts onto the price tag of a player.
‘It’s probably a wee bit frustrating for everyone, including myself, that we haven’t got signings coming in quicker
, but I think we’ve seen that the squad we’ve got here is already a good one. I’m just trying to improve it a little.’
As well as Sahin and Dempsey, Rodgers has also been linked with Barcelona winger Cristian Tello, Arsenal’s Theo Walcott and Wolves goalkeeper Dorus de Vries.
But he is reluctant to say just how many more new signings will arrive at Anfield before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
‘I don’t know whether I expect more signings to follow rapidly after Joe arrives, but certainly our hunt continues,’ he added. ‘I said when I first came in my objective was to build a squad that was going to be competitive.
‘Hopefully between now and the end of August we can get some more players in who can help the players we have here. That would be great.
‘I don’t really want to say how many I’d like to bring in because if I say three, for instance, then people might say “you’ve not got three” if it doesn’t happen.
‘We still have work to do in the market and we hope to get it done sooner rather than later, because we want to give them as much time as possible to settle in.
‘But I’m realistic enough to know that these things can take time. The people behind the scenes are working very hard on the targets I’ve asked to come in.’