Belfast Telegraph

Reds look ready for business

Liverpool are expected to be at the centre of activity on the final day of the transfer window - with Reds striker Fernando Torres wanting a move and Charlie Adam in manager Kenny Dalglish's sights.

Chelsea have already seen an offer of £35million for Torres turned down, and the Spaniard has submitted a transfer request which Liverpool rejected. That may not be the end of the matter though, with the deadline for signings not until 11pm on Monday evening.

News of Chelsea's approach for Torres came on Friday, just hours after Liverpool had agreed a deal, understood to be worth around £23million, with Ajax for Uruguay forward Luis Suarez. The Suarez transfer is set to be completed on Monday.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti refused to be drawn on the Torres situation after his side's draw against Everton in the FA Cup as speculation grew that Chelsea were set to increase their offer for the 26-year-old and possibly even throw in striker Nicolas Anelka to sweeten the deal. "We will have to wait," Ancelotti said.

Blackpool also received a transfer request from midfielder Adam last week, and the 25-year-old has attracted bids from Birmingham and Aston Villa this month as well as Liverpool, who appear the frontrunners for his signature. Seasiders manager Ian Holloway has been adamant Adam will not leave for a fee which falls below his unspecified valuation.

Tottenham must decide whether to return with a fresh bid for Newcastle's 22-year-old striker Andy Carroll, having seen a formal offer dismissed by the St James' Park board, who have given permission for Magpies misfit Xisco to join his former club Deportivo La Coruna on loan.

Newcastle could complete a loan deal for out-of-favour Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland, who underwent a medical on Sunday in the north east.

Aston Villa are thought to be close to bringing in United States midfielder Michael Bradley on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach.

Birmingham are hopeful of landing former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins, who now plays for Rubin Kazan, while boss Alex McLeish has also confirmed Racing Santander have enquired about re-signing Nikola Zigic.

Stoke have received an offer from Wolfsburg, managed by Steve McClaren, for Turkish forward Tuncay. McClaren previously worked with Tuncay at Middlesbrough but is not certain to land his man, with Stoke manager Tony Pulis confirming he is keen to keep the 29-year-old at the Britannia Stadium.

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