Liverpool step up interest in £6m Nigerian defender

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Liverpool are set to step up their interest in Celtic defender Efe Ambrose, according to reports.

Metro claims Reds scouts were impressed with the player’s performances at the African Cup of Nations, and that the Nigerian international was the only name brought back to manager Brendan Rodgers after the tournament.

And, the paper goes on to report that Liverpool representatives have been dispatched to watch the £6million-rated 24-year-old during the Hoops’ title procession in Scotland, as they ‘step up’ their interest in the player.

Manager Neil Lennon is well aware of the interest in his player, but revealed that there is yet to be a concrete offer for the player, who is contracted at Parkhead until 2015.

“I know a few Ambrose fans. There is nothing concrete, but I am aware of the interest,” he is quoted as saying by the paper.

Liverpool aren’t full of options in defence, with veteran centre Jamie Carragher announcing earlier in the month that he’s to retire at the end of the season.

That leaves Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Sebastian Coates as the manager’s options at Anfield in the summer, and Rodgers already appears to be looking at his options on Merseyside.

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