David Thompson has agreed to sign for Coventry City, and
Aston Villa's Julian Joachim could be the next target.
Liverpool midfielder has agreed to sign a four-year contract
thought to be worth around £2.75 million. He will undergo a
medical on Thursday.
That figure could rise to £3
million depending on appearances.
Thompson, aged 22, has played 56
games for the Reds, scoring five goals.
He made several important
contributions to Gerard Houllier's new-look side last season,
either as a striker or in right midfield, but was unable to hold
down a regular spot in the side.
With an influx of fresh signings to
Anfield this season, Thompson decided to look elsewhere for
Sunderland were also thought to be
interested in signing Thompson, who has played for England up to
under-21 level, but a bid never materialised.
new recruit is expected to fly out to Belgium
soon to join the Sky Blues on the European leg of their
Villa's striker Julian Joachim is the latest subject of transfer
speculation as the Sky Blues hunt for a successor to Robbie
Meanwhile club chairman Bryan
Richardson has denied any interest in West Brom's Lee Hughes.
“The one thing I want to get
straight is that we are not interested in Lee Hughes and I
don't know where that's come from.
“Sure Gordon was at West Brom's
game on Friday, but he goes to a lot of games to see a lot of
players. We're hoping to bring new players in, but Hughes is
not one of them.”
West Brom manager Gary Megson
admitted earlier this week that he had been talking to Strachan
“We've identified the players we
want and we're in negotiations with those clubs and those
”We expect within the next week
to certainly bring two of those to the club and probably one
within the next couple of days.”
Richardson said he was not going to
be pushed into paying over the odds for new players by clubs
trying to exploit the fact that Coventry had come into money
following Robbie Keane’s transfer to Inter Milan.