According to Turkish journalist Ekrem Konur, Liverpool are in talks with Lille chiefs regarding the possible January recruitment of centre-back Sven Botman.
Konur, who is Turkish but reports on transfers worldwide, adds that the Ligue 1 outfit value the 20-year-old at €20m – which equates to £17.75m at the current currency exchange rate.
Botman only arrived at Lille in the summer from Ajax – via their B team – the Dutchman has impressed since joining, he was actually the replacement for Gabriel Magalhaes who joined Arsenal.
The 6ft4 ace would certainly add a presence to the Liverpool backline at this moment in time, who are lacking such with injury-prone Joel Matip sidelined again – making their situation at the heart of the defence even more worrying with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out with long-term knee injuries.
As we saw last week, the Reds conceded from a set-piece against nailed-on relegation candidates West Brom after Fabinho was dominated in the air by the massive Semi Ajayi, this cost them two points.
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Botman has made 23 appearances for Lille this season, who are continuing a fine couple of years by sitting second in Ligue 1 – just behind Lyon by a goal difference of one.
Botman’s impressive form since moving to France earned him a call up to the Netherlands’ senior squad in November, though he never made his debut, so he’s certainly a figure that Holland captain and trusted Klopp steward Georginio Wijnaldum will know.