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Liverpool transfer business start when window opens

With the January transfer window approaching rumours are rife about potential targets. Liverpool and their rivals are already making up their lists but the Reds would love to get one over on their local rivals Everton.

Real Madrid midfielder Royston Drenthe is a summer transfer target for Liverpool as they look to swipe the Dutchman from under the noses of current loan club and Merseyside rivals Everton.The Reds are also keen on rookie Romanian goalkeeper Valentin Cojocaru, who currently plays for Steaua Bucharest.

Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel says he is happy to remain in Portugal despite rumoured interest from Manchester United and Chelsea. Meanwhile, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could make a move for AZ Alkmaar’s Swedish winger Rasmus Elm in the January transfer window.

Tottenham have stolen a march on Arsenal in the race for DC United starlet Andy Najar after agreeing to take the promising winger on trial during the MLS off season.

Arsenal scouts are watching Cologne and Germany striker Lukas Podolski, who could be available for £20m as he is out of contract in 2013.

Chelsea are believed to be keen on landing yet another Barcelona youngster as they prepare a swoop for midfielder Sergi Roberto.

Newcastle United scouts have watched Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud and defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Morocco international striker Marouane Chamakh could soon be leaving Arsenal as Paris St Germain are understood to be readying a £10m transfer bid.

Chief executives at Premier League clubs will soon be getting cheque books out when the top four could be one of seven permutations.

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