Liverpool have today held fresh talks with Sporting Lisbon as they attempt to wrap up a deal for long-term transfer target Tiago Ilori.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been chasing defensive reinforcements for much of the summer, following Jamie Carragher's decision to retire at the end of last season.
An injury to Kolo Toure in Tuesday's Capital One Cup tie against Notts Country has added renewed impetus to that search, with Portuguese youth international Ilori now back on Rodgers' radar.
Ilori broke into the Sporting team during the second half of last season, showing composure in central defence to attract interest from a host of European clubs.
Sporting value the player at around £6million but Liverpool reopened negotiations today in an effort to find a compromise in price and close a deal for the 20-year-old, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Rodgers believes that the Reds need cover in all defensive positions to sustain a challenge for Champions League qualification, with Aly Cissokho the first to arrive last weekend on a season-long loan deal.
Paris Saint-Germain stalwart Mamadou Sakho has also been linked with a switch to Anfield, with time running out to provide cover for Daniel Agger and Martin Srktel in central defence.
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