Liverpool are ready to rumble Louis van Gaal’s transfer plans by staging a surprise bid for Tottenham Hotspur star Jan Vertonghen, according to reports.
The Daily Express today claims that Brendan Rodgers is keen on the Belgian international as he aims to strengthen what has been an incredibly shaky back-line. The Northern Irishman saw his side dumped out of the Champions League last night after a 1-1 draw with Swiss side FC Basel, and the Reds have hardly been convincing in the Premier League so far this term.
Arguably the most worrying element of their side since the summer has been the defence, with the arrival of Dejan Lovren from Southampton having failed to shore up things. Simon Mignolet has endured a drab campaign so far as well, leaving critics with plenty of things to pick apart.
With Liverpool sitting 9th in the Premier League, 15 points off of Chelsea who occupy top spot, fans are crying out for change, and Rodgers is all too aware that there needs to be positivity injected into the club during the winter transfer window. As such spending money is almost a foregone conclusion, and the aforementioned Vertonghen finds himself high on the list.
The 27-year-old has recently confirmed his desire to stay with Spurs for the foreseeable future, having become a fan favourite at White Hart Lane. However, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side also struggling things are far from harmonious in north London.
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The centre-back has suitors in both Liverpool and United, with Red Devils coach Louis van Gaal also said to be preparing to make waves in the market. The fact that the former Premier League champions are trundling along nicely in the Champions League places could be point which makes a move to Old Trafford more likely, though Rodgers will be keen to make sure that doesn’t happen.
The Reds have swapped fortunes with their Mancunian rivals to some degree this season, and it remains to be seen whether or not they’ll be able to secure football in Europe’s elite competition for a second term running.
If come the New Year things haven’t improved then it’s highly unlikely Vertonghen will opt for what would surely be a sideways move, though even if they have considerable work has to be done to make a deal feasible.