Liverpool target Premier League goalkeeper
Liverpool have made a move to bring Aston Villa’s Shay Given to Anfield as manager Brendan Rodgers wants experienced cover for new-boy Simon Mignolet, according to reports.
Brad Jones is currently the No2 on Merseyside, but has had limited first-team exposure.
The newspaper reported that Rodgers also wants to bring more experience into that position following the departure of Pepe Reina to Napoli on a season-long loan deal.
Given has been told he can leave Villa this summer, according to the report, after he lost his place to Brad Guzan at the start of last season – and is one of the highest earning players on the Midlands club’s roster.
He still has three years left on the contract he signed when he joined from Manchester City in 2011.
The goalkeeper has been linked with moves away all summer, including to several Championship sides, the paper states.
However, he could still move to Liverpool if he accepts that he will be Mignolet’s understudy.
Meanwhile, Liverpool still want to strengthen the center of their defence and have reopened talk with Sporting Lisbon over the signing of Thiago Llori, according to the newspaper.
The 20-year-old was on the Reds boss shortlist of targets at the beginning of the season, and deal only collapsed because of Sporting’s valuation of the youngster, the paper adds.
But a deal of £7million could be enough to secure he signing of the Portugal U20 international, the newspaper claims.
They need cover at the back after Kolo Toure injured his groin during their Capital One Cup victory over Notts County during the week.
They are yet to announce the extent of the injury, but it is thought by the newspaper that he will miss out on the Manchester United game this weekend.