Liverpool set sights on French international defender

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Liverpool are being linked with a move for highly-rated French international defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, according to reports.

Italian publication La Stampa claims Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is eager to add the 23-year-old to the ranks at Anfield, with an expiring contract appearing to work in the favour of interested parties.

Yanga-Mbiwa’s current deal with Montpellier expires in the summer of 2013. That means he’d be able discuss terms over a potential free transfer in January, whilst the Ligue 1 champions may be forced to sell the player if they want to receive any money for the skipper.

Serie ‘A’ giants AC Milan are also being linked with a move for the player by the paper, whilst Yanga-Mbiwa spoke specifically on interest from Barcelona earlier in the week.

Were the three-cap international to move to Liverpool, he’d be joining Martin Skrtel, Jamier Carragher, Sebastian Coates and Daniel Agger in fighting for a starting spot at the heart of the club’s defence.

And, given the way that the club have been exposed at the back on a couple of occasions this season, it’s no surprise to see Rodgers linked with a move for a centre back.

Genoa star Andreas Granqvist has also been linked with a move to Liverpool, suggesting that movement could be made as soon as the New Year arrives.

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