Liverpool plot January swoop for €8.5 World Cup star

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Reports have resurfaced suggesting Liverpool could be set to move for Uruguay full-back Jorge Fucile.

According to, the Portuguese media have suggested the 26-year-old defender could be on his way to Merseyside, but Fucile says he is concentrating on the job in hand.

He said: "I am under contract at Porto and my focus is here."

Liverpool have reportedly been closely monitoring the €8.5 million-rated Uruguayan and will no doubt be intrigued by the latest noises coming out of Porto after a club representative suggested the club would closely consider any potential offer.

"It is not our intention to sell, but it is normal that we will study offers if they arrive," a director of the Portuguese club supposedly said.

Fucile began his career at Liverpool FC of Montevideo before moving to Porto in 2007. A starring role in Uruguay's surge to the World Cup semi-final has since earned him plenty of plaudits, and his future has been the subject of speculation ever since.

Liverpool were first linked with a move for the versatile wide man - says - and suggestions that he could move to Anfield come January have become increasingly frequent.

Liverpool are thought to be in the market for defensive reinforcements due to doubts harboured over the long-term futures of Glen Johnson and Paul Konchesky.

Johnson has been linked with a move away from Liverpool ever since a public falling out with Roy Hodgson and - although he soon patched things up with the Liverpool boss - the England international is thought to be plotting an Anfield exit.

Konchesky has struggled to make an impact for Liverpool since being brought to Anfield by Hodgson in the summer and his performances have left Reds supporters growing increasingly frustrated.

Liverpool have also been linked with moves for full-backs Oscar Wendt and Stephan Lichtsteiner when the transfer window opens come January 1.

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