Brendan Rodgers looking to bring in PSG's Mamadou Sakho and Sporting Lisbon youngster Tiago Ilori
Brendan Rodgers is lining up a £25million double deal to bolster Liverpool’s defence ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.
Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Mamadou Sakho and Sporting Lisbon youngster Tiago Ilori are both expected to arrive on Merseyside over the weekend for talks and a medical.
Liverpool have been in negotiations with the players’ respective clubs this week with Rodgers keen to further strengthen his options in the heart of defence following the summer arrival of free transfer Kolo Toure.
The 23-year-old Sakho, who can play left-back as well as centre-back, has won 14 caps for France and was part of the PSG side that won the title last year, and was named French young player of the year in 2011.
PSG have been keen to retain Sakho but now appear set to allow the defender to depart, provided a deal can be agreed between Liverpool and the player.
Ilori, meanwhile, has been tracked by the Anfield outfit all summer, the 20-year-old having been courted by several leading European clubs.
Liverpool’s pursuit of defensive reinforcements has been intensified by new boy Aly Cissokho being ruled out for six weeks, joining Sebastian Coates – who may not play against this season due to knee ligament damage – on the sidelines.
Rodgers remains keen to add competition up front, and is still pondering a loan move for Chelsea’s out-of-favour winger Victor Moses.
The Liverpool manager yesterday also refused to dismiss suggestions he could sign Shay Given on a season-long loan from Aston Villa as backup to summer purchase Simon Mignolet.