Monday, August 16, 2010

Purslow Hints On More Signings At Liverpool

Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow has hinted that the club will try to bring in 'one or two' more players before the close of the transfer window.

Roy Hodgson welcomed Milan Jovanovic, Joe Cole, Danny Wilson and Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen to his ranks this summer ahead of today's opening draw with Arsenal but has remained tight-lipped on adding more players to the roster before the end of this month.

However, speaking on BBC 5 Live's Sportsweek programme, Purslow revealed that he expects some players to arrive at Anfield in a bid to help Hodgson restore the club's place in the Champions League, following last season's failure to qualify for the competition.

"The target is significant improvement. We think our club and players belong in the Champions League - so that is where we would like to be," he said.

"I think there will be one or two more ins and outs. There are a few people who will move on.

"Javier has been wanting to go for personal reasons. We have not had any offers for him, and the manager is very happy with him, but it is true he is looking for a move."

The Reds MD also insisted that the club will not rush any takeover proposals despite the need for new ownership.

Chairman Martin Broughton had harboured hopes of a deal being completed before the close of the transfer window on September 1, but a club statement on Friday indicated that the sale process is continuing after the board reviewed a number of proposed bids.

Purslow, one of the Anfield board members inspecting potential investors, refused to place a time limit on finalising a deal to end George Gillett and Tom Hicks' reign as owners due to the necessity of choosing a buyer who can meet Liverpool's long-term ambitions and needs.

He added: "We have had a number of bids [and] will take time to examine those extremely carefully.

"I am not going to put a time limit on it. The challenge now is to sort the wheat from the chaff.

"We have just received some written bids at this stage, and it would be wrong to characterise anybody as a front-runner."

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