Liverpool FC transfer gossip: Reds handed Karim Benzema boost; Yohan Cabaye on...

Liverpool FC transfer gossip: Reds handed Karim Benzema boost; Yohan Cabaye on his way back to Premier League;

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Liverpool are on red alert over Karim Benzema after the striker revealed he may consider leaving Real Madrid, according to The Express.

The France international, who has netted 11 times for Los Blancos this season and scored against the Reds home and away in the Champions League, is reportedly considering his future in Spain as he is unsure whether Madrid see him as a long-term option.

He was also unhappy with president Florentino Perez’s pursuit of Luis Suarez before the former Liverpool man joined Barcelona in the summer.

The Reds are reportedly still seeking a striker as Mario Balotelli has yet to find his form following his £16m move from AC Milan, but Arsenal are also keen on Benzema and are monitoring his situation.

Yohan Cabaye looks set to end his short spell with Paris Saint-Germain in January – and he could end up at Liverpool, according to French compatriot Olivier Bernard.

The former Premier League defender, writing in his Newcastle Chronicle column, is certain Cabaye will return to the UK having failed to nail down a regular starting place for PSG since his move from Newcastle United in January.

Bernard wrote: “He will be back in England in January, absolutely no doubt. He will come back to the Premier League and he will already be looking for a club to join that will get him the games that he needs to guarantee him a place in the France squad.”

Bernard said a return to Newcastle was unlikely, adding: “He loved his time here and I’m sure he wouldn’t rule it out completely – but I think it will be to go somewhere like Arsenal or even Liverpool, two teams that probably need a player who can play in that role that he occupies.”

Barcelona have made right-back Martin Montoya – long linked with a move to Liverpool – available for transfer, according to reports in Spain.

The 23-year-old has been pushed down the pecking order following the arrival of Brazilian Douglas, who deputises for regular right-back Dani Alves.

Spanish publication Diario Sport say Liverpool have been given the green light to sign Montoya in January, though Barca will insist on there being a buy-back clause in the deal.

 

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