Liverpool's Roy Hodgson Rules Out Possibility Of Moves For Milan's Ronaldinho And Ajax's Luis Suarez

But boss admits admiration for Aston Villa winger Ashley Young
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has dampened speculation that AC Milan midfielder Ronaldinho and Ajax striker Luis Suarez are transfer targets.

Hodgson also suggested the club will not be seeking a quick-fix when it comes to the January transfer window.

The former Fulham boss dismissed reports linking him with moves for the duo but did admit that Aston Villa winger Ashley Young has been on his radar.

"Ronaldinho and Suarez are players who we have never even thought about but I would think there is not a manager in the Premier League who has not given Ashley Young a thought at some stage or another," Hodgson told reporters.

"But giving a player a thought and thinking 'This is a good player' and signing him are two vastly different things.

"I could give you quite a long list of players in the Premier League who I admire and think are very good.

"But there is no truth in the rumour. If you are asking if there are any negotiations taking place between Aston Villa and Liverpool, then there aren't."

Hodgson also denied he was looking to offload Glen Johnson next month, who has been back to his best in the last few weeks.

"As far as I am concerned Glen Johnson will be a Liverpool player certainly until the end of his contract and possibly beyond it," he noted.

"We are very happy with him, he is a top-class player, an England international, so why should we want to lose him? Maybe his agent has other ideas."

The 63-year-old has been impressed with the new owners and added: "They are very interested in pushing the club forward but they want to push it forward in the right way.

"I have been impressed with their thoughts when we have discussed the squad, players and transfers.

"But at the moment we haven't got to the stage where we have sat down and said we are going to do this or that - that will certainly feature in our discussions while John and Tom are in the country.

"Going out and splashing a load of money on players who may or may not be the ones for us in the future might not just be the right way."

Hodgson also confirmed plans to offer midfielder Lucas Leiva a new contract.

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