White Hart Lane boss keen on Anfield man.
Tottenham are weighing up an approach for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.
The Londoners are preparing for the seemingly inevitable departure of Luka Modric to Chelsea, who are believed to on the verge of submitting a £30m bid for the Croatian, and have identified Lucas as an option. With Wilson Palacios also likely to leave White Hart Lane with Stoke City interested in taking him on, the need to bolster the squad becomes clear.
Lucas has been at Liverpool for four years though has spent much of that time being derided by fans and observers alike. That perspective has changed over the last 12 months with the player integrating himself into the side to greater effect and warming to the demands of manager Kenny Dalglish.
At 24, the Brazil international still has a career ahead of him and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp would like that to be in North London. Though Dalglish remains a fan of his player, the Liverpool midfield is stretched to bursting point after the summer additions of Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson.
A bid of around £9m might be enough to convince the Scot to part company with his charge.
For some reason there has been a fair amount of speculation that Kenny Dalglish may be considering selling Brazilian international Lucas, but such an act would be mighty strange given that the defensive midfielder was one of the club’s top performers last term and is perhaps the player best able to add steel to the club’s central area.
When the 24 year old first arrived at Anfield in 2007 he became a bit of a whipping boy and for around 18 months the battler didn’t look like Premier League quality but over the past two seasons the former Gremio man has matured into a hugely important player at the Merseyside club and has been a virtual ever present in recent seasons, nothing up 97 appearances in the last two campaigns alone.
Harry Redknapp would however definitely be interested in Lucas because his current central midfield options are a little threadbare. Wilson Palacios had a poor season last term and the likes of Tom Huddlestone and Jermaine Jenas are much derided for their inconsistency but the White Hart Lane club do have youngster Sandro to bank on for the future.
Tottenham have been strongly linked with a move for West Ham’s Scott Parker to help correct this very problem but a move to sign the England international has not been forthcoming and perhaps Redknapp prefers to look for a younger alternative, hence interest in Lucas.
Whilst it’s true that Kenny Dalglish has a number of midfield options Lucas is perhaps the only out and out defensive midfield option of quality that he possesses so any potential bid for the Brazilian seems more than likely to fall on deaf ears.
Aside for anything else there seems little to benefit from moving between Liverpool and Tottenham as both clubs are perhaps on an even keel and given the amount of money Anfield’s new owners have pumped into the club, perhaps in fact Dalglish’s side slightly edge the North London club in terms of potential to improve.