Brendan Rodgers waiting for news on two signings
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he is expecting to find out in the “next 48 hours” whether bids to take Nuri Sahin and Cristian Tello on loan have been successful, reports the BBC.
Rodgers kept up his stance of refusing to name his transfer targets, although it is understood enquiries have been made for Real Madrid’s Sahin and Barcelona winger Tello.
“We hope in the next couple of days we’ll have one or two coming in,” the 39-year-old said. “Hopefully in the next 48 hours we will find out.”
Rodgers also added he expects no more outgoings from the club, having already overseen the sales of Dirk Kuyt, Maxi Rodriguez, Alberto Aquilani, Craig Bellamy and Fabio Aurelio.
Turkish playmaker Sahin has struggled to make an impact at Real Madrid since his move from Borussia Dortmund last summer, and Jose Mourinho has told him he is free to find a new club.
Arsenal have also inquired, and the lure of the Champions League is understood to be important for Sahin. However Rodgers is quietly confident his close relationship with Mourinho will play a part in securing a season-long loan for the player.
Barcelona are also understood to be open to the idea of loaning out their 21-year-old winger Tello, in a bid to get the talented Spaniard some regular first team experience.
Rodgers spoke earlier in the month about exploring the loan market, and accepts it is something he must utilize as he attempts to cut costs at Anfield, following some hefty over spending in recent transfer windows.
“These things take time. There has been a lot of great work going on behind the scenes enquiring about players but the reality is we did not have the money this year.
“We had a certain budget we had to work within and even to get those one or two players we had to move one or two out.
“That is something which does not worry or frustrate me, it is the real world we are in here. It just means we have to be effective with the players we have.”
Rodgers looked as though he had secured his third summer signing last night, as news emerged a deal had been agreed to bring in Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi from Heerenveen, subject to a medical.