€15m Italian deemed too expensive for Liverpool

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Liverpool will reportedly switch to Genoa's Andreas Granqvist in their pursuit of January transfer window reinforcements after deeming Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna too expensive.

Representatives from Liverpool were reported to be in attendance for Genoa's draw with Palermo last weekend in order to take a closer look at Granqvist, who has made 24 appearances for Sweden.

According to Football Italia, Liverpool are now ready to sanction a €6 million bid in the hope concluding a transfer for Granqvist in the New Year as Brendan Rodgers looks to bolster his Anfield squad.

Liverpool's interest in the 27-year-old, it is claimed, has been prompted by the price tag placed on Italy international Ogbonna, with Torino requesting the Reds pay €15 million to sign the centre-back.

Ogbonna has impressed with his commanding displays this season and earned a call-up to Italy's squad for next week's World Cup qualifiers, although was forced to withdraw due to an swollen prostate.

Liverpool though, it would appear, have identified a cheaper alternative to Ogbonna in Granqvist, and the Sweden international will battle with the likes Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel for a starting place at Anfield.

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