Liverpool are reportedly preparing a move for French international defender Philippe Mexes.

The Roma centre half has emerged as an Anfield target in recent weeks, and Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is thought to have intensified his search after Jamie Carragher sustained an injury against Spurs last weekend.

Liverpool were thought to have made a striker addition the priority as Hodgson searches for an attacking foil for Fernando Torres, but the Reds now appear set to miss out on Carlton Cole, claims the Metro.

Instead, the paper suggests that the Anfield outfit have changed focus to their back line, with Mexes seen as a financially viable option.

With the player's contract set to expire in the summer, a bid in the region of £2 million is thought to be enough to prize the player away from the Eternal City and to Liverpool.

The 28-year-old moved to the Serie 'A' outfit in 2004, leaving French Ligue 1 side Auxerre for the Stadio Olimpico.

However, the player has failed to agree a new deal under Claudio Ranieri and appears set to leave the Italian giants. Liverpool are poised to make their move in the opening month of 2011.

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