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.”