Liverpool line up United target as £15m contingency plan

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Liverpool have reportedly identified Hugo Lloris as the man to succeed Pepe Reina, should the latter leave Anfield in the summer.

The French goalkeeper has also previously been linked with a move to Manchester United as they look to fill the void that will be left when Edwin van der Sar retires at the end of the season.

United are also reportedly monitoring Reina and, according to the Telegraph, a bid in the region of £20 million would trigger a release clause in the Liverpool No.1's contract.

Arsenal also allegedly have Reina in their sights as they too pursue a new first choice stopper and Liverpool will seemingly have their work cut out to keep the 28-year-old.

Tribalfootball reports that - if Reina does leave Liverpool - the Anfield club will swoop for the £15 million-rated Lloris who has established himself as one of the most highly-regarded glovemen in Europe.

The 24-year-old Lyon vice-captain has admitted to being flattered by reports linking him to United and Liverpool and has since described a potential move to Old Trafford as a 'dream'.


"Manchester United is a great football club,” he told RMC.

“They are one of the most successful clubs in the world, so, of course, Manchester is one of the clubs that make me dream."

Despite claiming that a move to Old Trafford is at the back of his mind, Lloris says he will remain professional and endeavour to bring further success to Lyon.

"Manchester United? It is a great club but I cannot say anymore," he said, according to

"We will wait and see what happens during the summer. I might play abroad but I do not know where.

"This is important for my progression as a professional. I know that big clubs are interested in me, but I am waiting to see what happens."

United have also been linked with a summer swoop for Schalke's Manuel Neuer, while it has been claimed that Liverpool are pursuing Blackburn star Paul Robinson.

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