Liverpool in 'advanced' defender talks after Italian contract rejection

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Liverpool defender target Philippe Mexes appears set to leave Roma.

The French international centre back has reportedly rejected a new contract offer from the Serie 'A' outfit, opening the door to either a cut-price move in January or free transfer in the summer.

Reds boss Roy Hodgson is thought to be one of the Premier League managers thought to be interested in the player, with Arsenal and Chelsea the competitors to Liverpool in the race to sign the player.

TalkSPORT report that the player's agent is in advanced talks with Premier League clubs, with reports in Italy backing up the claims by stating Mexes will leave the Stadio Olimpico at the end of the season. Liverpool are thought to be one of the clubs in contact.

Liverpool are thought to be in the market for a defender as Hodgson looks to strengthen in the core positions, and the manager has funds available following the arrival of NESV as the new owners at Anfield.

An injury to Jamie Carragher has intensified the club's interest in adding defensive bodies, and Liverpool could look to land a bargain in January.

The player has been valued in the region of £2 million due to the length of time left on his contract, although Liverpool could look to negotiate a pre-contract agreement that would see the player come to Merseyside for free at the end of the season.

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