Liverpool media round-up: Possible third bid for Sterling, Reds step up Clyne pursuit

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Manchester City are reportedly pondering a third bid for Raheem Sterling after a second bid totalling around £40 million has been rejected by Liverpool.

The Guardian reports - like other sources - that Liverpool's asking price for the 20-year-old is in the region of £50 million, and meeting that asking price would be the most expensive signing for City under the current ownership - though the report suggests a compromise could be reached between the two clubs.

The Daily Telegraph is suggesting that could be a bid totalling in the region of £45 million. 

But former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler is quoted in the Daily Mirror saying Sterling's brain is 'scrambled' and that he believes the best thing for him is to stay at Anfield and continue to develop.

Fowler said: “I still think there is time to back away from this. These things seem to get a momentum and you think you have no options, but if he were to take a step back and find a way of staying at Liverpool, I think the fans would embrace that.

“I’m not having a go at him, he’s a kid and when things like this happen it can scramble your brain, but I’m saying that he can still stay at Liverpool – even now – and it’s the best place for him.”

Away from Sterling, the Telegraph is reporting that Liverpool will step up their pursuit of Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne.

The Reds have already had one offer rejected by the Saints, but it is reported that an £11 million bid will be made within the next 48 hours. 

The Liverpool Echo has reported that Southampton are 'resigned' to losing the 24-year-old having already signed their replacement ahead of the new season. 

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch