Rumours surfaced suggesting that Liverpool wanted to complete Jordan Henderson and Lee Cattermole’s move to Anfield by the time the England Under 21 squad fly to Denmark on Wednesday.
An offer was placed on the table which fell £3million short of Sunderland’s £18m valuation, Liverpool have denied these claims by stating that they are yet to table bids for Sunderland duo Jordan Henderson and Lee Cattermole – despite various reports to the contrary.
Stories had circulated this week that Reds boss Kenny Dalglish had made formal offers for the Black Cats pair, setting in motion what promises to be a busy summer of transfer activity at Anfield. But whilst both players are on Liverpool’s radar, no official offers have been lodged, with Sunderland desperate to hold on to two of their most prized assets.
Sources close to Anfield today have told us Henderson is on his way…
Henderson, a product of the club’s academy, has impressed since breaking into the Wearsiders’ first team in 2008, and was called up by Fabio Capello for his first senior England cap, against France at Wembley back in November.
Cattermole, meanwhile, has a clause in his contract which enables him to speak to clubs who meet a set valuation – believed to be in excess of £10m.
The 23-year-old has had a mixed couple of seasons at Sunderland following his move from Wigan in 2009 thanks to injuries and suspensions. He was sent off twice in the opening five games of last season, and missed the last three months of the campaign with a stress fracture of his back. Nonetheless, Liverpool are long-time admirers of the former Middlesbrough man, and could be willing to test Bruce’s resolve with a formal approach.
The 20 year old, who has also been attracting interest from Manchester City, is currently away representing England at the European Under-21 Championships in Denmark, and had been strongly linked with a £13m move to Merseyside. Black Cats boss Steve Bruce is adamant that the Sunderland-born midfielder will not be leaving the club, at least not for anything less than £20m – a valuation Liverpool would be unlikely to meet. Cattermole, meanwhile, has a clause in his contract which enables him to speak to clubs who meet a set valuation – believed to be in excess of £10m.
The 23-year-old has had a mixed couple of seasons at Sunderland following his move from Wigan in 2009, with injuries and suspensions hampering his time at the Stadium of Light.
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