Belfast Telegraph

Hodgson unhappy with Kuyt interest

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has suggested forces are at work behind the scenes in an attempt to lure forward Dirk Kuyt to Inter Milan.

The 62-year-old claimed Inter's ex-Reds boss Rafael Benitez would be reneging on an agreement not to raid Anfield for former players although Hodgson denied any knowledge of Kuyt wanting to leave despite suggestions by his agent that talks between the two clubs are continuing.

"Dirk has not expressed that sentiment to me," said Hodgson, who insisted the assurances he had received from Inter president Massimo Moratti last week that the Italians were not intending to buy any Liverpool players still held firm.

He continued: "When he left the club Rafael Benitez signed an agreement that he would not poach players from Liverpool. We haven't received an offer from any club so this is something obviously going on behind the scenes, with the agent possibly talking to the manager of Inter Milan.

"We don't welcome any offers, we haven't received an offer and at this late stage of the transfer window it would be remarkably unusual for us to accept an offer for a player we don't want to leave for money we don't need.

"I would suggest, with respect, if his agent had a serious plan to move him to the club he should have been working during the last four to five weeks and not the last few days. It is highly unlikely we could receive any offer from another club which we could seriously entertain."

Kuyt's agent Rob Jansen claimed in the Dutch press that negotiations were on-going.

"The two clubs continue to talk, but things are moving slowly," he said. "The difference between demand and offer is important.

"It is something between the clubs but Dirk told Liverpool he no longer wants to be involved as this is something that regards his career and life.

"It doesn't mean he wants to leave at all costs, but when a club like Inter comes along it's normal to look into the situation further."


From Belfast Telegraph