Liverpool are being linked with a shock January move for AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong.
Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claims the Reds have set their sights on the 29-year-old as a potential replacement for Lucas, who is set for a spell on the sidelines through injury.
The Brazilian came off the bench at Anfield in the weekend draw against Aston Villa, but hobbled back off after just 20 minutes following a knock to the knee.
Goal.com reported yesterday (Monday) that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was still sweating on the extent of the injury, but the speculation in Italy suggests contingency plans are already being drawn up.
De Jong has Premier League experience, having joined Manchester City from Hamburg in 2009. He helped the Citizens win the title in his final season with the club, before moving to pastures new in Italy.
Despite not being a regular at AC Milan, the report in Italy claims negotiations will be ‘complicated’, as new manager Clarence Seedorf is a fan of the 69-cap international.
Liverpool aren’t blessed with lots of options in holding midfield, with Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen the most likely options in the absence of Lucas.
De Jong would certainly bolster the Reds’ options if he were to arrive on Merseyside, but it’s unclear how much the struggling Serie ‘A’ giant would want for the player.