Liverpool transfer news: Smith seals Bournemouth switch; Awoniyi loan; more on Balotelli

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp looks on during the warm up

The latest transfer stories and more involving Liverpool Football Club this Wednesday.

Liverpool's Brad Smith and West Brom's Jonathan Leko in action

Brad Smith has completed his move from Liverpool to Bournemouth, it has been confirmed, in a deal that could be worth up to £6 million, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The value of the fee seems to vary depending on the source with the Daily Echo reporting that it could be as little as £3 million.

Given Liverpool are now down to just one recognised left-back in Alberto Moreno, it is hard to envisage that more business will not be done in that area by the Reds.

One of the club's younger players has left the club on loan with the Liverpool Echo reporting Taiwo Awoniyi joining Dutch side NEC Nijmegen.

There are more noises coming out of Turkey suggesting that Besiktas are interested in taking Mario Balotelli off the hands of the Reds.

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli looks dejected

It has been made clear that Balotelli has no future with Liverpool having not been given any game time during pre-season and left behind to train with the club's academy players.

The Besiktas president Fikret Orman is quoted in the Turkish magazine Fanatik, via the Daily Mirror live blog (13:54) saying: “Mario Balotelli is the type of footballer that our fans can associate themselves with.

“To be fair, if he wasn’t deemed as a trouble-maker, he wouldn’t be rumoured to be joining us. But we can show some effort and create solutions for Balotelli’s infamous troubles.

“I think he can change with the attention and care he’ll receive in Turkey. In short, we want Mario Balotelli and he wants us, too.”

Liverpool are in pre-season action in the early hours of Thursday morning when they take on Premier League rivals Chelsea in Los Angeles.

The Reds have won all four of their pre-season games to date without conceding a goal and manager Jurgen Klopp wants his side to take the contest seriously. 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

He told the official Liverpool website: “It’s not the most important game in the world, but we have to learn and use all we have in terms of knowledge, rhythm, fitness and put it in a game because if you wait for the perfect day [for a match], you’ll wait until you’re old and grey! There’s always an issue here, an issue there - it’s never perfect.

“It’s clear we cannot be at 100 per cent, but I’m not interested - I want to see the 100 per cent that is possible on this day.”

Finally, summer signing Sadio Mane confirmed there was interest from Manchester United before he moved to Anfield when the Senegal international was at Southampton. 

Mane told the Liverpool Echo: “There was interest from a lot of clubs, not just Manchester United, but as soon as I knew Liverpool were interested I just felt it was the right club with the right coach. It was right for me to come here."

Liverpool's Sadio Mane warms up before the match

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