In the Papers: 30th August

In contrast to yesterday’s news, there appears to be more emphasis on players leaving Anfield in the headlines on Thursday. Nevertheless, Reds supporters should not worry too much, with Brendan Rodgers still dropping hints that his business in the market is not yet complete.

Undoubtedly the biggest story of the day surrounds Charlie Adam. Practically every media outlet has touched on this rumour, with Stoke apparently launching a £5m bid for the former Blackpool midfielder. The general consensus appears to be that the Reds will accept the offer as they bid to move Adam out of the club following an unsuccessful stint on Merseyside.

Elsewhere, the newspapers are talking about Andy Carroll. The Daily Mail have first reported that West Ham are planning to launch a final attempt to land the striker, while the Daily Mirror has followed up that report by claiming that the player will be left out of the squad for the game against Hearts as he prepares for a move out of the club.

The same paper has also stated that Rodgers is seriously considering offloading the player as he cannot see the logic in keeping a £35m striker as a benchwarmer. The Guardian have also had a taste of the action and has quotes from Newcastle boss Alan Pardew that suggest a switch for the England international is certainly not off the agenda and could still occur before the close of the window.

The other headlines seem to focus around Theo Walcott. Many outlets were convinced that Brendan Rodgers was going to swoop for the former Southampton winger after he rejected Arsenal’s offer of a new contract. However, after the player held constructive discussions with Arsene Wenger, all major newspapers claim that any such deal for the 23-year-old is now off and Rodgers will have to look elsewhere.

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