Roy not interested in trio
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has dismissed links with Ronaldinho, Ashley Young and Luis Suarez.
By Mike Barton
Last Updated: 09/12/10 5:42pm
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has dismissed rumours linking him with moves for Ronaldinho, Ashley Young and Luis Suarez in January.
The Reds boss will be watched closely over his activity in the transfer market in January following New England Sports Ventures' takeover in October, where he is expected to have some money to spend.
All three players are likely to command an eight-figure sum from their respective clubs, but despite Hodgson stating that he admired Young, no negotiations with his club, Aston Villa, had taken place.
"Ronaldinho and Suarez are players who we have never even thought about but I would think there is not a manager in the Premier League who has not given Ashley Young a thought at some stage or another," said Hodgson.
"But giving a player a thought and thinking 'This is a good player' and signing him are two vastly different things.
"I could give you quite a long list of players in the Premier League who I admire and think are very good.
"But there is no truth in the rumour. If you are asking if there are any negotiations taking place between Aston Villa and Liverpool, then there aren't."
NESV's principal figures John Henry and Tom Werner are on Merseyside at the current time, and Hodgson admitted he was impressed by their plans, opting to focus on bringing through young talent rather than a quick fix.
"We have got new owners who are working unbelievably hard and putting in enormous hours at the club, both here physically, as they are at the moment, and even when they are in America spending hours studying games and liaising with us here," he added.
"They are very interested in pushing the club forward but they want to push it forward in the right way.
"I have been impressed with their thoughts when we have discussed the squad, players and transfers.
"But at the moment we haven't got to the stage where we have sat down and said we are going to do this or that - that will certainly feature in our discussions while John and Tom are in the country.
"Going out and splashing a load of money on players who may or may not be the ones for us in the future might not just be the right way.
"We might need to be more logical and certainly do a lot more research and have an approach which not just takes in four months of 2011 but also takes into account 2011 through 2015 to bring this club back up to where it wants to be.
"I don't think we are alone in that situation, I think clubs in the Premier League are being pushed by fans and mass media to go out and splash money.
"But, with the notable exception of Manchester City, most others have a slightly different approach and I don't see why we should be any different to that."