Transfer Clock: Liverpool negotiating with three players, ex-Spurs striker Crouch replacing £20m target Berahino denied

Liverpool, Stoke City, West Brom, QPR and Crystal Palace feature.

28 Days until the transfer window closes. Here's the latest news and gossip...

Liverpool want three new additions

Liverpool have made moves to bring in three new faces over the weekend. One is loanee Divock Origi who is with Lille for the season, yet the Reds want to bring him in early and are feeling positive. The Mirror report Lille are willing to sanction the deal, only if they receive an additional £3 million, and are able to sign a replacement.

The paper also claim Liverpool have made a 'firm approach' for Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, who is keen on a move away from the German champions to play regular football. The third potential new face is Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto, who becomes a free agent at the end of the season. The paper claim Liverpool have made a £3 million offer to sign him this month.

Stoke City near loan signing

Stoke City are close to securing a loan deal for German defender Philipp Wollscheid from Bayer Leverkusen. Manager Mark Hughes says, quoted in The Mail, that an agreement has been reached in principle for the 25-year-old.

Wollscheid is a centre-back with two international caps who is presently on loan at Mainz but has made only five appearances this season and Stoke's offer is believed to suit all parties.

Crouch to West Brom played down

Mark Hughes has played down talk of Stoke striker Peter Crouch moving to West Brom. The former Tottenham striker was linked over the weekend with a switch to the Baggies to rejoin former manager Tony Pulis.

He would only become a target if Saido Berahino is sold, as has been suggested by multiple sources with contract talks between Crouch and Stoke dragging on, but Hughes told The Mail: "There is an obvious connection, so people do the sums and two and two make five.

"There is a willingness from our point of view in that we want to make Peter happy that he is content here for the next two or three years, or however long it is that his future is with us. Those are the conversations we are going to have with him and it's up to us to make sure we get something in front of Peter that he is happy with."

Palace to hijack QPR deal? 

QPR could miss out on signing Mauro Zarate despite the forward undergoing a medical at the club last week. A loan deal still has not been finalised, with negotiations between the club and West Ham ongoing, and The Mirror now report Crystal Palace are looking at muscling in on the deal.

The paper claim there is also interest from Newcastle and Sunderland, but the Argentine wants to move only on loan to another London club.

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