Liverpool latest: Can deal agreed, Real Madrid circle Suarez

A round up of news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.

Liverpool have agreed a deal in principle for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can. The Reds are reported to have met the buy-out clause in the German under-21 star’s contract, with a deal expected to go through officially at the start of next month. He becomes Brendan Rodgers’ second signing of the summer.

Spanish newspaper Marca has accused Liverpool of holding back Real Madrid’s reported move for Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan is a target for the European champions and the publication has suggested the Reds are the only party involved reluctant to start talks.

The Mirror suggests Liverpool are still in the hunt to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas. The Spanish international is linked with a return to the Premier League on a daily basis and the Reds are one of the sides believed to be keen on doing a deal for him.

Liverpool legend John Barnes has revealed his belief that the club was lucky to pull off a £4 million deal for former Southampton striker Rickie Lambert. Lambert scored in England’s 2-2 draw against Ecuador last night.

“Rickie Lambert is a fantastic player, it’s lucky for Liverpool to get him. I wouldn’t have thought he will necessarily play every week, although that is probably what he wants,” Barnes is quoted by the Star.

Jamie Carragher has joined Barnes in praising the signing of Lambert, suggesting that the England international will get games and will score goals at Anfield under Brendan Rodgers.

“I think it’s a very good signing. He’s a local boy, a Liverpool fan and it’s probably been a dream for him,” he told Liverpool’s website.

England goalkeeper Ben Foster believes Liverpool star Raheem Sterling shouldn’t have been sent off last night against Ecuador. The midfielder launched into a challenge against Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia with both players seeing red.

“I’m surprised all round. I didn’t think it was a red card for Raheem and I played for a few years with Antonio and he’s not that kind of guy. It was a surprise,” Foster is quoted by the Mirror.

In other news, Liverpool have submitted a planning application to push ahead with the redevelopment of Anfield. The club are aiming to increase the current capacity of the ground to 58,000 which will create a number of benefits for the club including increased revenue.

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