Liverpool face Dutch threat for young Portuguese defender

PSV Eindhoven

Liverpool have been linked with signing Tiago Ilori, but a new club has joined the hunt.

Tiago Ilori has been on Liverpool's radar since before the transfer window opened, but so far the Reds are yet to make their move.

The 20-year-old defender plays for Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, and has been suggested as costing anywhere between £1.5 and £4 million.

The interest of Valencia apparently hiked his price tag nearer the latter, and any interest from Liverpool has seemingly been place on hold while Brendan Rodgers assesses the players he has at his disposal already on pre-season.

But with Jamie Carragher retired and Sebastian Coates expected to be sold, the sole addition of Kolo Toure would likely require an additional centre-back bearing in mind Martin Skrtel's suspect form in the second half of last season.

Liverpool may find themselves pushed into renewing their interest.

Dutch publication Voetball International is said to be reporting that PSV Eindhoven ready to make a bid for the talented young centre-back.

Sporting have been beset by financial problems in 2013, despite selling Ricky van Wolfswinkel to Norwich, and any formal bid at this stage in the ballpark figure they are hoping to receive will likely be accepted.

Whether Liverpool still hold their interest in Ilori is unclear, given the fact he has not been signed up already, but if they are serious about him and do not want to lose out, now may be the time to re-engage their interest.

Should Liverpool go back in for Ilori? Who should they try to sign?

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