Liverpool FC close in on signing

Craig Bellamy’s proposed return to Liverpool has taken a step closer after Manchester City agreed to let him leave for nothing according to The Mirror.

The Welsh international has emerged as a target for Kenny Dalglish but the Anfield boss is not prepared to pay a fee

Much travelled Bellamy is on £95,000-a-week at the Etihad Stadium and City have agreed to cover the remaining 10 months of his contract to get him off the wage bill.

Roberto Mancini has made it clear he doesn’t want the 32-year-old and he is now set to return to Liverpool four years after leaving due to a falling out with Rafa Benitez.

Wales boss Gary Speed has welcomed the move stating Bellamy is a ‘top player’

Speed said: It’s only natural Craig is going to be linked with top clubs because he is a top player.”.

“Liverpool are a fantastic club and if that’s true and it comes off, that would be great. Hopefully by the end of the transfer window things will be sorted out.”

The Reds could face competition from Tottenham and QPR for Bellamy’s signature although it’s understood he wants to move back to Merseyside.

He’s already rejected offers from former clubs Celtic and Cardiff to pave the way for an Anfield return.