Anfield boss lines up bid for Latics enforcer.
Reports are suggesting that Liverpool could be considering a cut-price option to fulfil their need for a defensive midfielder, with Wigan’s Mohamed Diame attracting their attention.
The position has been left vacant after it was revealed in late 2011 that Lucas Leiva would miss the remainder of the season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
The Brazilian – who was emerging as a key component at Anfield – has been sorely missed in the Reds’ midfield and although Jay Spearing has made efforts to replace his teammate, those efforts have fallen short.
As a result, the Merseysiders are understood to be in the market for an anchorman, in a position that has proven vital in both attacking and defensive sides of Liverpool’s game.
Diame has been one positive point for Wigan Athletic this season and is understood to be open to a move away from the DW Stadium, having once called the city it’s based in a “cold place” where there is “nothing to do after matches and training”.
As it stands, the 24 year-old has six months left on his Wigan contract and could be available for as little as £3.5m.
Well this would be most surprising indeed. Whilst Liverpool may well need to considering bringing in a defensive midfielder to boost their push for a top four finish, especially with Lucas out for the rest of the season, a move for Wigan’s Mohamed Diame would make little sense given that he is currently preparing for the African Nations Cup and the Senegal international will be away on national team duty for the best part of two months.
Kenny Dalglish will be looking to youngster Jay Spearing to prove himself worth of regular first team football and has wisely brought Jonjo Shelvey back from his loan spell at Blackpool to help provide another option for the central midfield berth.
Diame is a fairly solid performer and has impressed since his move to the DW Stadium two and a half years ago and Roberto Martinez is said to be keen on agreeing a new deal with the former Rayo Vallecano man as he could be key to the Latics chances of avoiding the drop.
The French born defensive midfielder has notched up almost 100 appearances for Wigan and is now a pivotal member of the club’s midfield though great interest in his services from a number of Ligue 1 sides may be more likely to become a realistic destination for the powerfully build enforcer than a move to Anfield.