Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is reportedly prepared to make a £12million bid for Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour.
The Mirror reports that Hodgson would like to sign the 22-year-old as a replacement for Javier Mascherano, who is closing in on a move to Italian side Inter Milan.
Defour is also being tracked by Manchester United and the midfielder’s agent admitted earlier this month that they expect a bid from Old Trafford.
Defour’s agent Paul Stefani told Sport.co.uk earlier this month: “Sir Alex is always interested in Steven ever since he sent him the letter when he was struggling with injury. He is interested but we have to wait for an offer to be validated. At the moment he is not 100% because of his long term injury, and now he has to work on recovering from this.
“Yes, they are interested, but many clubs are interested, from Spain, Italy, and Germany. To say that tomorrow he will go to England is not right. There is always interest and everyone wants to play in the Premier League because it is a very big competition. But, I think we will have to wait until he is a 100%, not 85%.”
[Source: The Mirror]