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Transfer Friday: Don't Call My Name

In the final Transfer Friday before the January transfer window opens, we look at one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, and more potential competition for Lucas

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Yohan Cabaye-Newcastle

As highly rated as Cabaye is, whether he can perform at the level Liverpool want to be at is a question many clubs have been asking for a few years now. The guy's been linked with top-level moves all over the place.

Inter, Man U, Arsenal, and a few Spanish teams have been in for him in the past few years, but could he be able to handle the pressure of being at a side challenging for trophies? It seems that injuries have hindered him from reaching his full potential, but Brendan Rodgers and some of his fellow managers seem to want to take the risk.

With that being said, his injury problems are one thing I don't like about him, and his age doesn't seem to really fit well with Brendan's scheme of thinking.

But, if we do sign him, he's 27, which means that he'd only last maybe three or four years, and as I said in the last piece, a player like Suso or Jack Dunn, given the time, could easily step into our first team in the role Stevie occupies as a deep lying playmaker, or once did as a box-to-box midfielder, and in four years time, Suso would be 24, and Jack Dunn 23, making them a perfect fit to step in when Cabaye is faded out.


As a defensive midfielder, Fernando's highly tipped in recent news as competition for Lucas in the coming window. At 26, he's fast approaching his peak.

And Lucas' form hasn't been the best this season, mostly due to the fact that the challenges he puts in either are in a bad position, or get him booked. And sometimes both, leading Brendan Rodgers to drop him in recent weeks in favor of Joe Allen, whose form kept him in for the thrashing of Tottenham at White Hart Lane, in which both Allen & Lucas played exceptionally well.

But many believe that most of Lucas' problem has been complacency, because in the past few seasons, and last season even with Joe Allen, either no one else's form picked up, or he's been the only man who can occupy the position he plays.

And that's where Fernando comes in. Fernando started his Career at Vila Nova in Brazil in 2005, making 57 appearances before making the move to Portugal with Porto.

He was then shipped out on loan for the 2007/08 season to Amadora, where he made 26 appearances, and since he's returned to Porto, has made 129 appearances.

Reports of the player in Portugal say that he's very consistent, even as one of the better players in Porto's side this season, leading to many clubs being linked with him as well as Liverpool, including Everton and Man United.

Fernando Reges vs Zenit St. Petersburg | HD (via MrBoywunderComps)