Liverpool & Spurs in £6m defender fight

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Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur defender target Tiago Ilori is available for £6million this summer, according to reports.

Portuguese publication A Bola claims Sporting Lisbon are ready to cash-in on the talented 20-year-old after the player failed to agree terms over a new contract.

Brendan Rodgers has already had a £3million bid turned down for the player, according to The Daily Express, but may now have success if he wishes to double that offer.

Liverpool have strengthened their backline this summer with the addition of Kolo Toure, although the Ivorian international has arrived at Anfield as a replacement for the retiring Jamie Carragher.

And, with the futures of Daniel Agger and Marin Skrtel both uncertain on Merseyside, the arrival of Ilori could become a necessity for the Reds.

Spurs are also keen to add reinforcements at the back however, with Andre Villas-Boas taking an interest in the player after some strong performances at the U20 World Cup.

Steven Caulker has left White Hart Lane this summer, whilst Jan Vertonghen could miss the start of the Tottenham Hotspur campaign with an injury.

Ilori would bolster the Spurs ranks as they look to challenge for a Champions League place next season, and the price-tag won’t be an issue if Gareth Bale leaves north London for pastures new in Spain this summer.

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