Newcastle United and Liverpool have been the focus of a huge amount of attention for the last two years as the two clubs look to challenge for trophies.
After being left off the England squad for the 2014 World Cup, Newcastle United have been among the clubs in England that have been linked with a move to sign England international striker Jermain Defoe, and a loan move to Liverpool.
The two clubs are expected to have serious discussions about signing Defoe this week, but the Premier League club have said they have no interest in signing him.
“We’ve had no interest whatsoever in Jermain,” said Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
“There’s nothing I can say about it at the moment.
The 26-year-old’s agent has said he is keen to move to the Premier Leagues.””
If there’s interest in him, we’ll see what happens.”
The 26-year-old’s agent has said he is keen to move to the Premier Leagues.
“I’m not going to say anything until I see what the situation is with Jermain.
He’s a fantastic footballer, he’s an absolute class act and he’s a man of the match,” said Pardwnew.
“He’s a wonderful lad and I think it’s only going to be a matter of time before we see Jermain in England.”
Newcastle United’s hopes of landing Defoe have been boosted by the arrival of Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli, who have both impressed on loan at Anfield.
“The only reason we’ve been linked is because of Steven and Balotellis,” said Steven Gerrard.
“They have been amazing.
I think the reason we haven’t been linked was because we weren’t doing too well on the pitch.”
Now, they’ve had a great season and I feel like we’re getting better every day and hopefully we can have the best season we can.
“Mario Balotello has also impressed on the loan circuit with Liverpool.”
He has been excellent on loan,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.”
A great character, a great player and a wonderful guy, but he’s also been fantastic for Liverpool.
He has been brilliant for us.
“We’re going to see if we can find a good player in him.
I hope he can be part of the future.””
It was fantastic when I signed him,” added Balotella.
“I was really happy and it was a great feeling to be able to do that.”
It’s always nice to know what’s happening in the Premier league, but it’s the big leagues, it’s just the big clubs that make the big money.
“Hopefully this is the start of something for Liverpool.”