Liverpool continue to be linked with Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen in a move that could see Javier Mascherano leave Anfield.
The Danish international emerged as a reported Anfield target last month, with new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson keen to work again with the 30-year-old.
Poulsen and the Englishman teamed up at Copenhagen during Hodgson's successful stint in Denmark, a factor that could be crucial should the Reds decide to make their move for the player.
"Liverpool have shown interest in Poulsen," Juventus technical director Giuseppe Marotta told Italian website Mediaset at the end of last week after the bianconeri beat Shamrock Rovers.
The Liverpool Echo now reports that the Dane is the number one target at Anfield ahead of highly-rated Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour. Danish sources claim discussions have taken place between the parties, but neither have confirmed any further information.
A fee in the region of €6 million will be required to bring Poulsen to the Premier League, and a move could trigger the sale of Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano to Inter Milan.
Rafa Benitez has targeted the 26-year-old but has so far been unable to agree a fee with his old club.
Poulsen’s adviser, Joern Bonnesen, confirmed that the player would be keen to link up with his former boss in a move that could trigger transfer activity on Merseyside.
"Hodgson has always wanted him, but he has never been able to get him. I know they have spoken a lot over the last two years and it's not unthinkable that Poulsen goes to Liverpool," said Bonnesen.
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