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Fabrizio Romano gives latest updates on Liverpool, Piero Hincapie and Goncalo Inacio

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In the last few weeks, rumors linking Piero Hincapie to Liverpool in the January transfer window have been rife. However, Ben Jacobs appeared to rule out a move for Hincapie. Earlier this week, Fabrizio Romano confirmed that the Reds are yet to make any sort of contact over winter signings.

The reliable journalist also weighed in on Liverpool’s apparent interest in Sporting defender Goncalo Inacio. It was once again not the update that Liverpool fans might have wanted to hear.

‘For now there is nothing advanced for Liverpool with either Hincapie or Inacio’

Romano told The Daily Briefing: “Liverpool are another club looking at centre-backs but so far no contacts have taken place with Bayer Leverkusen for Piero Hincapie from what I’m told. Hincapie has been strongly linked with Liverpool and other top clubs as he’s looked like a superb young talent for some time now, and he’s also not playing as often as he might have expected. So it’s normal to see new stories about the player.”

The journalist further added that no one has approached Sporting CP regarding Inacio. The 22-year-old is another that has been linked to Liverpool. Romano said that the only way to sign him is to pay his £52 million release clause to Sporting.

A move looks unlikely for now but things can change fast

As every day passes, the likelihood of Liverpool making a signing in January appears to lessen. Even if Liverpool do make a signing, its unlikely to be either Hincapie or Inacio. Hincapie especially looks now like a long shot.

Inacio is perhaps a little more of a possibility, then. Sporting have indeed been clear that it’ll take the full £52 million release clause to get him out of Lisbon. Although that is a hefty amount, it’s also more-or-less in the kind of price range that Liverpool tend to shop in.

However, as mentioned earlier, no contact has been made yet. But when there is a release clause involved, things can move very quickly.

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