Liverpool latest: Including Lucas and Shelvey

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Stoke City have rubbished reports that Asmir Begovic had sealed a £15 million move to Anfield. Begovic has been a name commonly linked with the club as a long term replacement for Pepe Reina but Stoke’s chief executive has said there is no truth in the rumours.

Long term Liverpool target Ashley Williams is set to seal a transfer to Arsenal. Liverpool had been tracking the Swansea City captain throughout the season, but the board seemed unwilling to pay the £10 million fee for the 29-year-old as it represented poor business.

Cheshire Today has reported Liverpool are lining up a sensational move for Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott. It would be a surprising transfer considering Lescott’s Everton past and one which may not go down too well with the supporters.

The Metro has suggested that Lucas could follow former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez to Napoli. Rafa is reportedly in talks with the Italian club and Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder is apparently one of his first choice targets ahead of the summer transfer window.

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has publicly backed manager Brendan Rodgers, branding his progress remarkable. Werner has praised the way Rodgers has handled the first team and also the signings of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho last January.

Former Liverpool favourite Steve McManaman has backed manager Brendan Rodgers to do the business in the transfer market. McManaman says as long as Rodgers is backed with his requests, he’ll sign the players who will advance Liverpool next season.

Liverpool are set to seal a cheap deal for Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas. News broke earlier this week that Liverpool were in for the striker, who has a release clause in his contract which will reduce his price by a third if the Spanish club are relegated from La Liga.

Liverpool have been suggested as the next destination for Chelsea midfielder Lucas Piazon. Piazon fits the bill in terms of age, style of play and quality but whether Chelsea would consider selling him to Liverpool is unclear. Piazon has been on loan with La Liga side Malaga.

West Ham United are reportedly ready to offer Jonjo Shelvey a way out of Liverpool. Shelvey spent the final part of last season playing in the youth teams after he was dropped from the senior side by Brendan Rodgers. He would potentially follow Andy Carroll in a switch to Upton Park.

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