Liverpool have moved closer to easing some of the congestion in the centre of their midfield with Wolves lining up a loan deal for Jay Spearing, according to the Daily Express.
It's understood that Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is eager to bring Spearing to Molineaux on a season-long loan, and that Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish might be tempted to let him leave as first-team chances look to be few and far between for the 22-year-old.
The summer signings of Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson and the loan return of Alberto Aquilani have utterly clogged a central midfield already filled with Spearing, Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva, Raul Meireles, Jonjo Shelvey, and Christian Poulsen.
Despite the congestion and potentially limited opportunities at Liverpool, Dalglish is understood to think Spearing would be great cover for Gerrard, Leiva, Adam, Henderson, and Meireles.
Perhaps aiding Dalglish's hopes to keep Spearing at Anfield with enough opportunities to play is news that Fiorentina have stepped up their interest in Alberto Aquilani.
It's understood that negotiations between the sides progressed well. Recent rumours have suggested that Fiorentina were only interested in a loan-deal with an option to buy, while Liverpool were eager to secure an outright sale.
However, it would appear as though that issue may have been resolved, as representatives have begun discussing personal terms with the Liverpool man.
Aquilani's agent Franco Zavaglia said that at the moment, his client's Liverpool contract would not fit in Fiorentina's wage structure. However, Zavaglia suggested that the problem could be worked out in time, which is in line with suggestions that Aquilani would prefer a permanent move back to Italy.
"Alberto has a major contract with Liverpool, and Fiorentina operate with certain economic parameters," Zavaglia said. "I don’t know whether the operation is feasible, but over time something can be skimmed."
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