Liverpool are set to muscle in on rivals Arsenal's summer pursuit of Ivorian full-back Serge Aurier.
This information comes courtesy of reports from France cited by The Daily Star, which claim that Liverpool have emerged as contenders for the Toulouse star's signature as they look to improve their defensive options.
Arsenal were believed to be close to signing Aurier as a potential replacement for the outgoing Bacary Sagna, yet it appears that the Gunners are yet to agree a deal to ensure that he moves to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
"There is no agreement with Arsenal. We’ve talked in past but there has been nothing recently. We’re in talks with another English side, " the £7 million-rated player's agent - Stephane Courbis - said.
Missing out on Aurier would certainly come as a blow for Arsene Wenger, particularly with the chance of Arsenal retaining the services of French stalwart Sagna having now seemingly disappeared following reports that he looks set to move to champions Manchester City on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract.
By contrast, the signing of the Ivory Coast international - who is in Sabri Lamouchi's final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer - would be an extremely promising capture at a critical juncture for Liverpool and manager Brendan Rodgers.
While the Reds' superior attacking players made Liverpool an absolute joy to watch during a superb 2013/14 season, there were obvious doubts about their defence who were prone to a number of embarrassing errors last year.
Liverpool appear particularly weak at full-back, with only young Jon Flanagan proving his worth as the likes of Aly Cissokho have failed to impress.
Jose Enrique's absence for the majority of the campaign with a knee problem was a particular blow for Rodgers and the presence of Aurier - although primarily a right-back - would certainly help matters.
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