Brendan Rodgers set to move for Fabian Delph as a long term replacement for Steven Gerrard.
Liverpool are set to launch a £7.5 million offer for Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph to ensure that they secure the England international in the January window, report the Mirror, despite the fact that the former Leeds United star’s contract expires in the summer and he is likely to be available on a free transfer.
With Steven Gerrard having announced his intention to leave Anfield at the end of the season to move to LA Galaxy, the urgency for Liverpool to secure a potential replacement has been ratcheted up and Rodgers believes that Delph can fit the bill, meaning that the Reds could be happy to pay up this month rather than risk a bidding war in the summer.
Delph enjoyed a flying start to the current season, that saw him play a crucial part in Villa winning their first three Premier League games and culminated in a debut for England in the European Championship qualification victory in Switzerland.
With Villa’s defeat at bottom club Leicester City having plunged them further into the relegation mire, however, it is unlikely that the West Midlands club will be receptive to the idea of selling one of their key players in January, with Premier League survival still worth far more than the fee on offer from Liverpool.