Sunday, 9 August 2009

Benitez confirms interest in Hull defender Turner

Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez has confirmed his interest in signing Michael Turner from Hull City after the Reds defensive problems mounted at home to Atlético Madrid yesterday. Defensive rock Jamie Carragher was withdrawn from the pre-season friendly with Atletico after only 15 minutes with a twisted ankle. Other central defence regulars Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger are respectively recovering from a hamstring strain and a back injury.

Speaking after the game Benitez said: "It is true I was talking with Phil Brown [the Hull manager], but I won't discuss any figures," said the Liverpool manager. When asked if he would make a second inquiry, Benítez added: "Maybe," reports the Guardian.

Most newspapers speculate Benitez verbal enquiry included a ‘£6m’ offer for the defender, which the Mail claims was: “rejected out of hand.” The story says Manager Phil Brown rates Turner at double the price and “intends to hold out for a bigger fee.”
Speaking in yesterdays newspapers, he said:

"We've had a verbal offer from a club in the Premier League but there's been no firm offer through communications at boardroom level. That was nowhere near our expectations."

"I'm still adamant that it would take a big offer to prise Michael away, no matter who that club is."

"We've got a prized asset there and I will guarantee that no player will leave the club on the cheap."

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