Liverpool want Alex Song but Neto is a no-go

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to sign Barcelona midfielder Alex Song in the summer according to the Daily Star. 

The 27-year-old is currently on loan at West Ham United and his impressive performances have seen Rodgers take a serious interest in signing the Cameroon international.

Liverpool, who will lose club captain Steven Gerrard in the summer, are searching for a midfielder and are also eyeing Aston Villa's Fabian Delph. Rodgers sees them both as viable replacements for the Anfield legend.

No impact

Song failed to make an impact at the Nou Camp since his £15 million arrival from Arsenal in the summer of 2012 having made just 39 appearances over the space of two seasons.

He will be allowed to leave Barcelona permanently this summer for a return to the Premier League.

The Reds will face stiff competition to sign Song. West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is eager to make Song's loan deal permanent. His former manager, Arsene Wenger is also rumoured to be monitoring Song's situation.

Meanwhile, Rodgers has put Liverpool's search for a new goalkeeper on hold after rejecting the chance to sign Fiorentina stopper Neto Neto for just £2m pounds. 


Rodgers believes that the Brazilian is not the long-term answer and has decide to stick with Simon Mignolet and Brad Jones for the remainder of the season. The transfer committee at Liverpool were keen to bring Neto in, but Rodgers has been unconvinced and wants to pull the plug.

Neto, 25, has been told he won't be offered a new contract by Fiorentina and the club are keen to offload him this month. 

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Elsewhere Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi has officially joined Al Ahli on a permanent deal. 

The 26-year-old has been on loan at Stoke for the last 18 months after failing to make an impression on the first team at Anfield. 

Assaidi scored five times for Stoke in a successful spell last season. One of those was the winner in a 3-2 over Chelsea. 

He hasn't quite had the same impact this time around and the deal has been cut short so he can move to Dubai. 

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