Manchester United and Liverpool both appear to be keen on a potential move for Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.
According to reports from German newspaper Bild cited by The Daily Express, the Bayern Munich defender is on Reds boss Brendan Rodgers' list of targets and is also interesting counterpart David Moyes.
25-year-old Boateng - a regular German international with 37 senior caps during his career to date - has been with reigning European champions Bayern since moving to the Allianz Arena from Manchester City during the summer of 2011.
He has, of course, enjoyed much success as part of arguably the best club side on the planet, with Boateng having collected two consecutive Bundesliga winners medals as well as a Champions League crown.
The apparent interest from Manchester United and Liverpool in securing defensive reinforcements certainly isn't a surprise.
With Nemanja Vidic set to depart Old Trafford for Serie A giants Inter Milan this summer, Moyes - who has endured a difficult first season in charge of the Premier League champions - will be left with a rather large hole in his backline that will surely require attention in the upcoming transfer market.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have done extremely well to elevate themselves into arguably the favourites for the Premier League title.
Following Sunday's 4-0 demolition of woeful Tottenham at Anfield - coupled with Chelsea's shock loss at Crystal Palace and Manchester City's draw with Arsenal - Rodgers' side now top the table and have their destiny firmly within their own hands.
However, such admirable and unexpected success has been largely achieved through the firepower provided by the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.
Although they have been improved of late, defensively Liverpool are far weaker and will certainly need to address that fact prior to a return to the Champions League.
Just whether Boateng is an ideal candidate for either club, though, is certainly a matter for debate.
While has has been a regular fixture for Germany and Bayern, he has a tendency to appear a little inconsistent at times - something that was perfectly showcased with his poor performance for Pep Guardiola's side during their 2-0 Champions League victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season.
It is certainly also bearing in mind that Boateng's previous Premier League stint with City ended after just one year and only a handful of appearances.
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