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Liverpool scout tracks £5m Chelsea target

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Liverpool have set their sights on Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire, according to reports.

The Daily Mail claims Reds scout Neil Richardson was in attendance to watch the 20-year-old at Bramall Lane yesterday, as the Blades secured a famous 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

Other Premier League clubs are reportedly interested in the young defender though, with Chelsea and Manchester United said to have watched the Sky Bet League One centre back in action.

Indeed, reports at the start of the month claimed Chelsea had 'ramped-up' their interest in the player, who has been dubbed 'the new John Terry'.

Metro went on to claim that Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been kept updated over his progress in Yorkshire, and that a £5million offer could be made to bring the player to Stamford Bridge.

Maguire would be tasked with emulating Terry if he were to sign for Chelsea, although first team opportunities would be hard to come by with the likes of David Luiz and Gary Cahill also in the squad.

Liverpool also have options at centre back, with Martin Skrtel, Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Agger all available to manager Brendan Rodgers.

However, the Reds appear to be considering other options ahead of the summer transfer window, with Jamal Lascelles also linked with a move to Anfield.

Either player would be signings for the future on Merseyside, but landing Maguire ahead of their rivals would be a significant coup for Liverpool.

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Sheffield United
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