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Liverpool out to nab Keita's Leipzig team-mate and expected to bid for Van Dijk in January: transfer rumours

Liverpool could be set to land two players from Red Bull Leipzig next summer, according to the latest transfer rumours.

The Reds will, of course, welcome NABY KEITA from the German club after he agreed a deal to join the Reds in 2018.

And now some are suggesting he could be joined by striiker TIMO WERNER. The forward has netted four goals in four games so far this season and widespread reports suggest that the Reds are interested in bringing him to Anfield. However, Jurgen Klopp's men will have to go up against Real Madrid, who are also keen on the 21 year-old according to Sport1.

Meanwhile, journalist Ian McGarry has told the Transfer Window Podcast that he expects Liverpool to go back in for Southampton's VIRGIL VAN DIJK in January.

 "I still Van Dijk, of the three rebels (Van Dijk, Alexis Sanchez and Philippe Coutinho), has the best chance of leaving in January because he won't be cup tied for European competition," he said.

"Should Liverpool make it out of the Champions League group stage and into the knockout phase I think we could very well see, and I would expect to see, another bid for Van Dijk in January.”

THOMAS MULLER considered leaving Bayern Munich for Manchester United in 2015, the Manchester Evening News reports. The German striker has not ruled out leaving the Bundesliga champions and said he could yet "make myself at home" somewhere else.

Former England manager ROY HODGSON will be lavished with a £1million bonus if he rescues Crystal Palace, the Daily Mail reports.  Hours after FRANK DE BOER was sacked just four games into the season, 70-year-old Hodgson was tipped to take over at Selhurst Park.  SAM ALLARDYCE, who left the Eagles in May 2017, ruled out a return to the club amid rumours he was in the frame to replace the doomed Dutchman.

Leicester winger DEMARAI GRAY is close to signing a new £50,000-a-week contract after the club rejected a £25million bid from Bournemouth, according to the Daily Telegraph. The Foxes have turned down at least three offers for the England Under-21 player, who joined the club in 2016 from Birmingham after they activated a £3.7million release clause.

A 2-0 home win for West Ham over Huddersfield may have granted manager SLAVEN BILIC a stay of execution, but suggestions from The Sun that the Londoners missed out on a deal for former Chelsea forward ANDRE SCHURRLE on deadline day will not go down well with fans. A loan deal with an obligation to buy the German international for £26million was reportedly proposed by Borussia Dortmund but failed to materialise.

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

PAULO DYBALA: The Juventus forward has refused to rule out joining Lionel Messi at Barcelona, according to FourFourTwo.

ERIK PALMER-BROWN: The Sporting Kansas City defender has signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester City with a view to a move in January, ESPN reports.

TOBY ALDERWEIRELD: The defender's agent has reportedly warned Tottenham that a row over pay could spell the end of his time at White Hart Lane.

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