Anfield side identify Lucas replacement.
Liverpool are weighing up a move for Porto’s defensive midfielder Fernando Reges.
Manager Kenny Dalglish will be given funds to strengthen his squad in January and the knee ligament injury suffered by Lucas Leiva means defensive midfield has become a priority.
The 24-year-old Reges, known as Fernando, is widely recognised as one of the best players in his position and is also on the list of transfer targets of his former manager, Chelsea’s Andre Villas Boas.
The Brazilian is valued at around £17m but that is still within Liverpool’s reach.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
With Lucas Leiva out for the rest of the season with a knee injury there is a very real need for Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish to invest in another defensive midfield option in January or risk losing ground in their fight to secure a top four finish. A move for powerfully built Brazilian Fernando Reges may well be a good option to bring in next month to help fill the void.
Dalglish does not have much in the way of replacements for Lucas in his current squad with only really Jay Spearing being a recognised out and out defensive midfielder and the young battler may be a little too raw for a regular first team spot this season.
Liverpool invested heavily in players that add more to the side going forwards, with players like Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing being signed in the summer, but the Merseyside club lack steely options and they now must look to bring in a quality player to fill the breach. The timing of Lucas’s injury was made worse by the fact that the 24 year old was in the best form of his Anfield career.
Reges has been at Porto since June 2007 and has been a constant force for the Portuguese side since and last term notched up 38 appearances in all competitions last term as Andre Villas-Boas led the club to the domestic and UEFA Cup titles without losing a match.
The determined midfielder may be more inclined to leave after his side crashed out of the Champions League at the group stage.