Liverpool chief predicts transfer 'crescendo' after fresh Anthony Gordon question

Liverpool transfer supremo Richard Hughes has reacted to the question on Newcastle United's Anthony Gordon being "offered" to the Reds last week.

The England international was understood to have been part of a conversation between the two clubs involving Jarell Quansah. But the move broke down when the Anfield club would not entertain a swap for the centre-half.

Speaking at the presentation of new boss Arne Slot, Hughes said he expected transfer talk to settle down across the Premier League. But expects things to pick up again in August, potentially leaving the door ajar to another possible discussion on Gordon.

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Hughes, who was asked about Liverpool being offered a player last week, said: "It is hard to say speaking industry-wide. We've got the European Championship, the Copa America and the Olympics as well, there's a lot of football being played. Naturally, the attention is going to be there.

"I think that after the flurry that there was in June I think it will calm down a bit now in the month of July. Then, like always, when August starts and coaches have had more time to work with players, opinions will be more set at football clubs.

"You may see a situation in August, like in previous seasons, where there is a bit of a hurry to get things done and everybody gets their squads in order."

Hughes also reflected on a tough June for Premier League clubs with Newcastle forced to sell Yankuba Minteh to Brighton & Hove Albion and Elliot Anderson to Nottingham Forest in order to avoid PSR penalties.

The ex-Bournemouth transfer chief said: "I don't think this will be any different (in terms of a hectic end to the window) and who knows what will transpire economically, it's hard to say. I can't speak for other clubs, but that was the case in June and why situations accrued as they did. But I'd see a quiet July and perhaps a crescendo in August will probably await us all."