Liverpool line up Serie A duo in part-exchange deal to strengthen midfield

Pepe Reina

Liverpool's pursuit of the Premier League title continued with a 4-0 win over Tottenham, but Brendan Rodgers is still looking to add to his squad.

The Reds notched up yet another win and now sit top of the Premier League table, after a Younes Kaboul own goal and strikes from Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson gave Liverpool a crucial three points that saw them leapfrog Chelsea into first place.

But with Champions League qualification all but secured, Liverpool boss Rodgers will be hoping to add more depth to his squad, and has already been linked with a number of targets ahead of the summer transfer window – and the participation in Europe's finest club competition will be a huge draw for the club, especially after missing out on so many targets in the last twelve months.

Two names to have surfaced today are Napoli's Swiss duo Gokhan Inler and Valon Behrami – with Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina offered up in a potential part exchange deal for the two central midfielders.

The pair are set to feature for Switzerland at this summer's World Cup in the heart of Ottmar Hitzfeld's midfield, and Rodgers may want to move quickly in a bid to secure both players before they potentially impress on the world's biggest stage and attract further interest from other clubs.

Behrami had an uneventful spell with West Ham between 2008 and 2011 after arriving from Lazio, but returned to Italy with Fiorentina before moving on to Napoli, and his impressive displays under former Reds boss Rafa Benitez have attracted Rodgers' attention, whilst Inler has been one of the most consistent players in Serie A during spells with Udinese and then Napoli.

The Liverpool midfield has been effective this season, but the ageing Steven Gerrard will need to replaced at some point in the near future, whilst the injury to Lucas Leiva has left Rodgers exposed in his midfield options. Adding players in that area of the pitch has to be a priority for the Reds boss, and snapping up two proven ones in exchange for an unwanted goalkeeper could represent great business.

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