Ashley Williams is being linked with a potential £4 million move to play for Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers in a move which could prompt Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers to raise an eyebrow.
Liverpool were strongly linked with a move for the Welshman this time last year, with a deal blocked by the Liverpool board for being too expensive against the quality and the experience Williams brought to the table.
At 29-years-old he’s entering the final part of his career, but for £4 million he would have surely been a gamble worth taking for the Merseyside club.
Liverpool are currently well stocked in central defence but the back four is one of the areas of the team, which was strongly questioned towards the latter part of last season as the Premier League title slipped away to the blue half of Manchester.
Links still persist which suggest Daniel Agger could be on his way out of Liverpool this summer, with the defender voicing his frustration over the way he was used last season and the rumour mill doing overtime.
There were also some questions raised over the compatibility of Mamadou Sakho in English football, although it was just the Frenchman’s first season in the English game.
If Rodgers urges Liverpool to make a last gasp effort to sign Williams, someone he’s a clear admirer of, it may be a little too late.
The Mail suggests that QPR will offer the defender vastly improved terms to his current deal at Swansea, which suggests Liverpool could face similar problems to last summer, despite the fee being one third of what Liverpool were originally being asked to pay.
Liverpool have a very socialist wage structure in place at Anfield, which is based around factors such as age, experience, consistency and position.
In short, while Liverpool could compete with the likely terms being offered to Williams by QPR, they may not see the value in it considering the fact he is nearly 30-years-old.