Anfield side see White Hart Lane man as potential solution to defensive failings.
Liverpool’s much publicised search for defensive reinforcements has reportedly led to the Anfield club expressing an interest in adaptable Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka. The Croatian international may face a challenge to his more common position at right back at White Hart Lane due to the emergence of youngster Kyle Walker and Kenny Dalglish is hoping to tempt the former Man City man to make the move to Merseyside this summer.
Director of football Damien Comolli may be of assistance in the capture of Corluka as he knows the player well from his time at White Hart Lane, in fact the Frenchman was responsible for bringing the 25 year old to the North London club and now hopes to be able to repeat the trick.
Kenny Dalglish is keen to solidify his back-line after seeing his Liverpool side concede their highest Premier League total in over a decade and followed that up with a pre-season that saw the club let in 15 goals in six matches. On top of the issue of a leaky defence the Scot has issues with players currently at the club.
Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger are injury concerns and Jamie Carragher and Sotiros Kyrgiakos are nearing the end of their respective careers. The addition of Jose Enrique helped resolve the long running issues at left back but now Liverpool are looking to beef up other areas of their defence.
Liverpool have been linked with the likes of Ryan Shawcross, Gary Cahill and Scott Dann but as yet offers have not been made and a move for Corluka appears to be a more cost effective solution as Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp appears keen to offload players from his expansive squad to help provide funds to bring in new additions to help the club fight to re-enter the top four race.
Redknapp has been hamstrung in the current transfer window as chairman Daniel Levy has insisted that any significant moves in the transfer window could only occur if players were first sold. Thus far Tottenham have spent just £1.3m in the transfer market and have managed to offload Jamie O’Hara to Wolves and Robbie Keane to LA Galaxy but that is clearly not enough to help boost the coffers.
The likes of Corluka, David Bentley, Giovani dos Santos, Wilson Palacios and Niko Kranjcar are said to be availble for the right price.
Vedran Corluka started just 13 Premier League games last season due to both injury and having to fight Alan Hutton for a regular spot in the first team. The player himself has stated in interviews that his preferred position is at centre back and that may be where Liverpool would be looking to play him. Aston Villa are also said to be very interested in the Tottenham defender.