Anfield side hope to land Lazio centre-back on pre-contract agreement.
Liverpool are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Lazio defener Modibo Diakite according to the Metro.
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The 25 year old French centre-back has seen contract talks with his Stadio Olimpico employers stall for a second time and this has left the way open for a formal bid from the Anfield side, keen on the powerfully built defender.
Imposing centre-back Diakite is out of contract at the end of the season, and is free to meet with interested parties to arrange a pre-contract move.
Aston Villa are also said to be interested but it’s thought that Liverpool are leading the chase for the former Pescara man.
Brendan Rodgers is apparently happy to hand over a big signing-on fee if the Frenchman compromises on his contract demands.
The Liverpool boss may well feel the need to strengthen his back-line given Jamie Carragher’s age and Uruguayan youngster Sebastien Coates’s apparent homesickness.