Lazio are set to offer Liverpool transfer target Modibo Diakite a new deal in an effort to end Premier League interest in the player.

TalkSPORT reports that club president Claudio Lotito is ready to hold talks with the player, who is out of contract in the summer and able to sign a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside Italy.

The 25-year-old has recently returned to action following a shin injury, and is back in the side after becoming a first team regular at the Stadio Olimpico last season.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is wary of Jamie Carragher’s advancing years, according to the report, and is searching for defensive improvements to cover the England veteran.

Diakite could be the answer, although Liverpool face competition from Juventus, with the Serie ‘A’ giants also thought to be keen on the player.

Were the former Pescara starlet to move to Anfield, he’d be competing for a place in the starting line-up alongside Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Sebastian Coates.

Diakite isn’t the only defender to be linked with a move to Liverpool either, with Samuel Inkoom and Angelo Ogbonna amongst the reported Merseyside targets in recent months.

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