LIVERPOOL are chasing the signature of Roma striker Fabio Borini as Brendan Rodgers challenged Andy Carroll to prove he can fit into the new set-up at Anfield.
The Reds boss, who hopes to secure his first signing by the end of the week, dismissed reports linking Carroll with a loan move to AC Milan but refused to provide any guarantees about the record signing’s long-term future. Rodgers is keen to secure the services of 21-year-old Borini, who has previously worked with the Northern Irishman at Chelsea and on loan at Swansea.
However, the ECHO understands that negotiations with the Serie A outfit are still at an early stage and no deal is imminent.
The Italy international, who was co-owned by former club Parma prior to Roma buying him outright last month, is likely to cost in the region of £9million.
“The reality is we have only made three or four enquiries about players and hopefully can close out one deal this week which will be a real exciting one for the club, one the supporters will absolutely love,” Rodgers said.
“We don’t have a wheelbarrow load of money, there is not the money flying about people think there is. I want players that are hungry to succeed and want to match the ambitions of how we want to move forward.
“Going forward hopefully we can bring maybe two or three more and then with the group of players that I already have it will bode really well for us.”
Questions have been asked about how Carroll will fit into the 4-3-3 formation Rodgers is looking to install with the emphasis on a slick passing and pressing game. The £35million man is still away having been granted four weeks leave following England’s exit from Euro 2012 but is set to meet up with the squad in Boston on July 23.
“Andy is a player I want to assess and speak with, “ Rodgers said. “We’ve already had a good chat on where we’re at. He knows exactly where he stands.
“There will be many inquiries about our players so I will assess them and hopefully put together a group of players to help us challenge.
“Andy is a very good player. He’s shown that in his short career already. He’s made a massive move to a world renowned football club and there’s always going to be a time of adaptation, especially in the first six or seven months.
“You sometimes forget how young these people are. They’re not machines, they are humans. If you move from one part of the country to another, it will take time to adapt. But with the profile and pressure which is on straight away, obviously it can be very difficult.
“Time will tell for him and all the players whether they are in my plans, but my job is to assess that and then take it from there.”
Rodgers was impressed by the impact Carroll made at the Euros when he netted with a stunning header against Sweden. However, the manager needs to ensure he has the right talent to slot into the system he wants to play.
“That goal for England in the Euros typifies his strengths,” added Rodgers. “Andy got in between people, then there was an incredible header and finish.
“There’s no doubt he’s a very good player. Like every player, there are certain styles and systems they will be playing in which will allow them to flourish.
“He’s no different to any player we have here. They might have all the attributes but not the mentality to play. It’s a wee bit unfair for Andy to get labelled any other way.
“He’s a good kid so we will just see how the formation of the group shapes up over the next four or five weeks.
“My task is to build a group that can challenge. Hopefully when the bus leaves at the end of pre-season, it will have the people on it who I want.”