Anfield side interested in Serie A star.
Liverpool are preparing a £7m bid for Japan star Yuto Nagatomo.
Nagatomo is currently on loan at Inter Milan from Cesena but has found first team opportunities hard to come by at the San Siro.
The Reds are monitoring the situation and planning a summer swoop to land the 24-year-old, who can play either left or right-back.
The Japan international has impressed when called upon by Inter, but faces stiff competition for a starting berth from Cristian Chivu and Maicon.
Given that Liverpool sponsors Standard Chartered made a point of stating that the signing of an Asian player would do wonders for the club’s image and bank balance a move to bring in a Japanese international who can also fill the left back area would kill two birds with one stone. Yuto Nagatomo did well at struggling Cesena in his initial loan move to the Serie A side and as a result was signed permanently and loaned out to Inter Milan where he has seen some action and impressed when called upon.
The 24 year old is quite an attack minded full back who can play on either flank and that kind of adaptability appears to have interested Kenny Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli. Inter Milan are reportedly unlikely to sign the player as they still feel that Davide Santon, another Liverpool target, is a more viable long term full back option.
Liverpool have struggled to effectively fill the left back role this season. Paul Konchesky started the season as first choice and Emiliano Insua, who appeared to be on his way to Fiorentina, was loaned out to Galatasaray. Glen Johnson has on occasion been played out of position to fill the hole and Fabio Aurelio, when fit, has been the only natural left sided option. In recent weeks youngster Danny Wilson, who was signed by Rangers in the summer, has also attempted to resolve the ongoing problem area.