Liverpool land Adam - but who's next on their hit-list?
Published 23:00 06/07/11 By David Maddock
Liverpool will not rest after the capture of Charlie Adam.
Manager Kenny Dalglish wants at least THREE more signings before the summer window closes.
Next on the agenda is a winger, with Stewart Downing still top of his list.
The Reds have now bid £15million for Aston Villa's England international, and will baulk at offering much more for a man rated at £20m by his club.
Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, have set a clear policy of targeting young players who can increase in value, and also remain saleable, even if they don't succeed with the Merseyside club.
Downing, at 26, is at the limit of their age range, which will make them wary about matching Villa's valuation for a player whose price will only decrease as he enters his late 20s.
Dalglish also wants a left-back and a centre-half and, again, Liverpool have been cautious in their dealings as they look to squeeze as much value from their purchases as possible.
The club have been involved in talks with Newcastle over their Spanish full-back Jose Enrique, but so far the £15m asking price for a player who has only one year remaining on his contract has been a stumbling block.
The Reds know they will need a strong defender at left-back following the purchase of Adam, who will play on the left side of midfield but will not be asked to perform too many defensive duties.
It means they will renew their push for Enrique, because they have limited options on the left side of their defence, where England right-back Glen Johnson has often had to fill in.
Discussions have also been quietly proceeding with Birmingham over their highly-rated centre-half Scott Dann, who was born on Merseyside and is a Liverpool fan.
Liverpool may also pursue an interest in Monaco midfielder Park Chu-Young, who carries a massive fan base in the Far East, where Reds main shirt-sponsors Standard Chartered have their business base.
Liverpool have also been in the market for a back-up keeper to number one Pepe Reina, and Roma veteran Alexander Doni is likely to arrive by the weekend on a free transfer.
HOW LIVERPOOL COULD LOOK (4-3-3):
Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Dann, Enrique; Gerrard, Henderson, Adam; Suarez, Carroll, Downing