Liverpool told top Spanish defender will cost £20m

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Liverpool have bid told by La Liga outfit Real Sociedad that they will have to at least £20 million in order to buy highly-rated Spanish defender Inigo Martinez, according to reports in The Telegraph.

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Real Sociedad manager David Moyes is desperate to keep hold of his star defender, but as with all players in Spanish football he does have a release clause that the Merseyside outfit could be prepared to trigger.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is thought to have made an opening £14million offer for the 23-year-old but reports in the Mirror Online earlier in the week suggested that the bid had been rejected by Sociedad.

However, it appears that Rodgers remains keen to strengthen his defensive options ahead of next season with Kolo Toure out of contract at the end of next month and there are still concerns over Dejan Lovren, who has failed to justify his £20million price-tag since joining from Southampton last summer.

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