Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of a left back, with Taye Taiwo professing a desire to play for AC Milan.
The Marseille defender is thought to be one of a number of players in the position on the Anfield shortlist, with Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish keen to make a signing in the position at the first opportunity.
However, Taiwo has claimed that his first choice for a move would be AC Milan, and that the Italian side are keen on acquiring his services.
“I’m very pleased that Milan have shown an interest in signing me. Milan are my first option when I leave Marseille this summer,” the Nigerian told Canal Foot Club.
Fabio Coentrao, Jose Enrique and Oscar Wendt are also thought to be on the Liverpool shortlist, although Taiwo is unlikely to be off the list completely with his contract set to expire at the Ligue 1 club.
Dalglish had earmarked the 25-year-old as a potential Paul Konchesky replacement on Merseyside, with the loanee set for a permanent Liverpool exit come the summer.
The Scot has hinted at a number of changes in several positions, but a left back is thought to be the priority for the Liverpool boss and a transfer move is expected at the end of the season.