Liverpool defender chase twists towards £9m Osasuna star - reports

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Liverpool have highlighted Nacho Monreal as a top defender target this summer, according to reports.

The Osasuna left back is now one of two players Kenny Dalglish will choose from at Anfield, according to the Daily Mail, with Lyon star Aly Cissokho the other player cited in the report.

Monreal was first linked with a move to Liverpool back in March, although compatriot Jose Enrique was believed to be the Merseysiders' preferred choice over a move at the time.

However, the link with the Newcastle full back appears to have gone cold in recent weeks, and Barcelona are now thought to be interested in bringing the former Villarreal star to the Nou Camp.

Liverpool are known to be in the market for a player in the position, with Paul Konchesky set to leave the club permanently this summer and teenager Jack Robinson currently holding down the position as first choice.


Despite the England youngster's impressive displays, a more experienced player in the position is believed to be a priority at Anfield and Damien Comolli has been keeping an eye on the player.

The director of football at Liverpool made a personal scouting trip to watch the player, who has four caps for Spain, in March, and Monreal was reportedly placed on a list of potential candidates alongside Enrique, Steven Warnock, Emilio Izaguirre and Oscar Wendt.

It's now claimed that the list is down to two, and Dalglish will be looking to move quickly in his efforts to secure a signing, as he has with Alexander Doni and Jordan Henderson, who is negotiating personal terms with Liverpool today (Wednesday).

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