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Reds silent on transfer rumours regarding future king

Reds silent on transfer rumours by Michael Charters - Liverpool Echo on 9th August 1977. 

Reports that Liverpool are about to make a major move into the transfer market to spend some of the half million they received for Kevin Keegan were treated with a deafening silence from Anfield. It was even said that they could sign a big name in time for him to play in Saturday's F.A. Charity Shield game against Manchester United at Wembley. That is extremely unlikely.

But manager Bob Paisley had a long conference with chairman John Smith at Anfield this morning, so that he missed some of the routine Melwood training session. Four names have been mentioned - Trevor Francis (Birmingham), Kenny Dalglish (Celtic), Liam Brady (Arsenal) and Peter Sayer (Cardiff). I understand that Mr. Paisley's reaction to news that he is about to "swoop" for these top players was to keep his his feet firmly on the ground and dismiss it as just "talk".

Yet an important meeting between the chairman and manager, with general secretary Peter Robinson also involved, was not to talk about the new gates on the Anfield car park.

A report that Liverpool are interested in Francis comes out weekly somewhere or the other. It has been going on for years and Francis is still at Birmingham. Every other senior club wants Francis as well, it is a routine as Lester Piggot riding a big race winner. Dalglish is unsettled at Celtic but I understand from Glasgow sources that he is more likely to follow Keegan to the Continent than join an English club. Mr. Paisley has already dismissed Sayer from his plans. He said weeks ago he had better players already on the Anfield staff. This leaves Arsenal's Brady and I should think Liverpool will be casting a very interested eye in his direction.

One thing is certain in this welter of rumour and speculation, Liverpool will go into the transfer market. Mr. Paisley made no secret of that. When they have so much coming in from the Keegan transfer, the two finals in Rome and Wembley, plus League games last season, that something in the region of £750,000 will be in their coffers within the next few weeks as the income from these games pours in.

If they don‘t spend it more than 50 per cent will be swallowed up in tax. Liverpool won‘t intend that to happen so players will be bought. But I don't think Mr. Paisley will be hustled into any quick move. That is not his or Liverpool's way of doing business. The situation can be summed up as thus – if a top class player becomes available Liverpool will go for him. None of the top men in the game are available just now, but they could be next week. That's how things happen in football.

 Transcribed by Arnie for LFChistory.net - Copyright - Liverpool Echo

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