Liverpool face competition from Juventus in the race to sign Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernando Reges, according to reports.

The Daily Mail reported last Saturday that Reds boss Kenny Dalglish had taken an interest in the 26-year-old, who plies his domestic trade with FC Porto in the Primeira Liga.

Reports in the same publication now claim that Juventus have joined the race for the player though, and 'jumped to the head of the queue' to sign Reges after tabling a £6 million plus player offer.

Despite the bid being rejected, the paper warns Liverpool that the Serie 'A' giants could return with an improved offer for the player in January.

Liverpool have been linked with a handful of players in the holding-midfield role following injury to Lucas Leiva, with the 24-year-old set to miss the rest of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Whilst Jay Spearing is regarded as the natural replacement currently on the books at Anfield, manager Dalglish is being tipped to raid the transfer market when the window re-opens in the New Year.

The Scot has been coy over any moves the Merseyside outfit might make, but Lassana Diarra, Seydou Keita and Yann M'Vila have all been mentioned as possible Liverpool targets.

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