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Rodgers: New Liverpool signings close

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Brendan Rodgers did not divulge transfer targets during his press conference

Brendan Rodgers is confident of making his first signing as Liverpool manager this week.

Rodgers, who has been in place since taking over from Kenny Dalglish in June, has been linked with a string of players in recent weeks. The former Swansea boss has suggested much of the speculation is wide of the mark, but inferred new blood could be in place ahead of the club's pre-season tour of the United States.

"I won't be bringing in many," he said at a press conference on Monday. "We don't have a wheelbarrow full of money. There is not the money that people think there is.

"There certainly won't be as many as are being reported out. Hopefully we can close out one deal this week, maybe two, and then we'll add to that over the pre-season."

Liverpool have been linked with Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero and Bologna playmaker Gaston Ramirez, but Rodgers would not be drawn to comment on individuals.

"I will never speak about targets and possible signings," he said. "All I will say is that there has been a whole raft of players linked to Liverpool, of whom only a few are accurate, but I will never speak about individuals.

"We'll maybe make three or four tweaks which will help the squad. We want to make the team competitive at the top end again."

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