Anfield boss turns to adaptable left sided set piece specialist.
Liverpool are considering a bid for highly-rated Lyon winger Michel Bastos.
The 27-year-old Brazilian say a proposed deal to Juventus collapse and now Liverpool are prepared to meet the £12m asking price for the player.
Bastos can play on the left-wing or at left-back, two positions Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is eager to strengthen ahead of next season.
The Brazil flyer has earned rave reviews for his performances in Ligue 1, and French sources claim the Anfield club have already made contact with Lyon.
Dalglish is determined to sign Bastos, having endured a frustrating summer so far despite the arrival of Jordan Henderson from Sunderland for £20million.
Michel Bastos is a quality left sided player and the Brazilian’s ability to work effectively as both left back and as a left winger appears to have led to renewed interest from Kenny Dalglish now that Liverpool’s latest offer for Aston Villa’s Stewart Downing has been turned down.
Liverpool are keen to bring in wide options to resolve issues at full back and on the wings and that has led to interest in a number of targets and the fact that Bastos can offer solutions to both problem areas and appears to be available will reportedly lead to a bid from the Merseyside club for the hugely experienced 27 year old.
Bastos has completed two solid seasons at the Stade Gerland and had three good years at Lille prior to that and now the former Feyenoord reserve team player is looking to leave France for pastures new but a move to Juventus has fallen through leaving the way clear for alternative offers.
Liverpool will also be impressed with the set piece taking abilities Bastos possesses as well as his penchant for bombing down the wing and weighing in with his fair share of goals, the Lyon man has netted 50 goals during his five seasons in Ligue 1.
Damien Comolli’s extensive list of French connections may well have aided in the advancement of any offer for the Brazilian who has 11 international caps to his name.
Liverpool had to try a number of players to fill both the left wing and left back roles last term with Paul Konchesky, Fabio Aurelio, Danny Wilson, Jack Robinson and Glen Johnson all filling in at the back and Milan Jovanovic, Joe Cole and Maxi fighting it out for a wide left role.