Hodgson cools Lucas exit talk

The Reds boss has confirmed the club would entertain a significant
bid for the Brazilian international, whose first-team place is
under threat after Raul Meireles’ £11.5million switch to
Anfield over the weekend. The rumour mill has linked Lucas with a
shock move to Liverpool’s Premier League rivals Stoke City, who are
keen to bolster their first-team squad before the transfer window
closes But Hodgson insists he is not planning to offload the
23-year-old, who struggled to get a foothold in Sunday’s 1-0
victory over West Brom. “If someone came in and offered us
£20million for him and he wants to go we would consider it but
it is a bit late in the day, that’s for sure,” said the Reds boss,
who is understood to have made an enquiry for West Ham striker
Carlton Cole. Hodgson added on the club’s official website: “I’m
not anxious to be getting rid of any players this late in the day.
“I’m certainly not looking to move anyone out now because if they
are moved out now the chance are they won’t be replaced because the
transfer window is nearly closed.”