Liverpool to be offered Arsenal target in audacious swap deal

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Roma will attempt to sign Dirk Kuyt by offering them Philippe Mexes in exchange, according to the Daily Mail.

With Kuyt valued at around £20 million by Liverpool, it would appear incredibly unlikely that they would accept Mexes in a straight-swap deal, especially as the France defender is out of contract in the summer.

The Daily Mail continues to report that Roma would struggle to meet even half of Liverpool's valuation of the Dutchman, but the Anfield club would listen to an offer that included Serbian striker Mirko Vucinic.

Although Roy Hodgson remains reluctant to let the 30-year-old leave Anfield, the Daily Mail suggests Kuyt is open to a move to Italy, but Liverpool would only let him leave if they could find a sufficient attacking replacement.

Hodgson has made no secret of his desire to add more potency to his Anfield attack after admitting that Liverpool rely too heavily on Kop heroes Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

The Liverpool boss is also thought to be in the market for defensive reinforcements and, should Roma's alleged offer of Mexes comes to fruition, the Anfield club would reportedly have to battle with Arsenal for his signature.

According to, the Frenchman could leave the Stadio Olimpico on a free transfer and Arsenal are prepared to offer the 28-year-old a pre-contract to warn off any other potential suitors.

Arsene Wenger is understood to be keen to bolster his backline, and has identified Mexes as the man to sure up the Arsenal defence.

Arsenal have had their fair share of defensive woes in recent times, with the long-term injury of Thomas Vermaelen coinciding with the departure of three centre-backs from the Emirates.

However, Wenger did bring French pair Laurent Koscielny and S├ębastien Squillaci to Arsenal in the summer to try to compensate for Vermaelen's injury, but his squad still lacks depth in the defensive department.

Mexes has been linked with the Gunners for some time and would no doubt find himself at home among the French contingent at Arsenal.

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