Anfield boss targets two centre backs.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has earmarked Ryan Shawcross and Gary Cahill as the men to solve his sides defensive problems, according to the Metro.
Stoke City’s Shawcross is Dalglish’s preferred option and the Reds are lining up a £10million bid, according to reports.
The Potters value the 23-year-old at around £18million and as they have a wealthy backer in the form of online betting tycoon Peter Coates, have no need to sell.
Gary Cahill has been linked with Arsenal throughout the transfer window, but the Gunners are unwilling to meet the £17million asking price.
Liverpool would also be reluctant to pay that much for Cahill, but are prepared to discuss a cash-plus-player deal involving David Ngog.
Having seen his side concede their highest Premier League total in over a decade and then witness the club let in 15 goals in six friendlies Kenny Dalglish knows that he must bring in defensive reinforcements if he wants his Anfield side to compete for a top four spot next term.
The two players named by this source have both been consistent performers over the past couple of seasons and may both be keen on the step up to a top six side. Liverpool have various problems with the defenders they currently have in their squad and therefore need to bring in one or two replacements.
Jamie Carragher and Sotirios Kyrgiakos, as 33 and 32, clearly are in the autumns of their respective careers and both Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel have injury concerns. Liverpool have spent big this summer and it is likely that the club’s owners will be happy to hand Dalglish more funds if needed.
Ryan Shawcross is a no nonsense defender who is now in his fifth season at Stoke City and may feel he has achieved as much as he can at the Britannia Stadium and that a high profile move could help his chances to break into the England national team set-up. The same could be said for Gary Cahill who appears to be available, for the right price, with a number of sides after the former Aston Villa man.