Liverpool prepare fresh bid for international stopper

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Liverpool are reportedly prepared to pay £2 million for Australian keeper Brad Jones.

The 28-year-old stopper has emerged as a surprise target at Anfield, with new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson having a bid in the region of £1.5 million turned down last week.

Middlesbrough were originally thought to have placed a £3 million price tag on their player's head, but the Daily Mirror claims that the two clubs have negotiated a price closer to the Reds' original offer.

Jones joined Boro as a junior in 1999 from Bayswater City, although didn't make his debut for the north East side until 2004 when he made his debut against Notts County in the FA Cup.

Loan spells at Shelbourne, Stockport County, Rotherham United, Blackpool and Sheffield Wednesday helped Jones gain valuable first team experience, and the goalkeeper would get his chance in 2008 when mentor Mark Schwarzer left for Fulham.

After recovering from injury at the start of the '08-'09 campaign, Jones has maintained his place as the No.1 at the Riverside. However, Gordon Strachan left the stopper out of his squad for the defeat to Ipswich on the Championship opening day.

Jones was originally thought to be unsure over a move to challenge for the No.2 spot at Anfield, although the lure of the Premier League with such a famous club might be too much to turn down should the reports be confirmed.

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