Liverpool receive boost in chase for Barcelona target

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The Reds have been tracking Martin Montoya for some time.

Liverpool may be given fresh hope in their pursuit of Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya according to the Metro.

The Reds interest in Montoya is well known with Managing Director Ian Ayre reported to have been in discussions to try and secure the signature of the promising 22-year-old.

The Metro cites reports from Spain suggesting that Montoya has turned down a new deal with the La Liga giants, with his current deal running out at the end of the season.

This means that Liverpool could move for him on a free in the summer transfer window, and it is an area that the Reds could do with strengthening.

There is uncertainty over the future of right-back Glen Johnson as he will only have a year left on his contract at the end of the season – meaning he could be surplus to requirements if he doesn’t take a pay cut when they try and renegotiate his contract.

Furthermore, there is the versatility that Montoya could bring to the Liverpool side as he can play on both the left and right flanks. With Aly Cissokho only on loan and Jose Enrique yet to return from injury to see if his knee problem is a recurring one.

Other notable full-backs at the club include Jon Flanagan and Martin Kelly – one still regarded as a youngster whilst the latter is still finding his feet after a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury. Liverpool do need a full-back so a move for Montoya would make a lot of sense if they were fortunate enough to persuade him to join up.

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