Report - Liverpool interested in Ajax left-back Blind

He had an impressive start to the World Cup and Liverpool are interested according to the Dutch press.

Liverpool would like to sign Ajax left-back Daley Blind according to Dutch outlet De Telegraaf. Blind impressed in the Netherlands 5-1 win over Spain on Friday in the World Cup.

Since that display Blind has been linked with a move to the Premier League, in particular Manchester United where he would link up with his national boss Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, but the Manchester Evening News ran a story today with the 24-year-old playing down that particular link.

Blind is quoted, saying: "All the attention is a very big thing now, but I try not to think about it too much and will keep my feet on the ground.

"The link with Manchester United is easily made because Robin is playing there and Van Gaal takes over next season."

According to the report in De Telegraaf, Blind is also catching the attention of Borussia Dortmund from the Bundesliga with both clubs having been in reported contact with their Director of Football Marc Overmars, and the probability of him remaining at Ajax is getting 'smaller by the day' with a fee in excess €12 milllion (£9.58 million) said to be the price of the defender.

A left-back is a priority for Liverpool in this summer's transfer market as they look to build on last season's impressive second place finish in the Premier League, and they need to add quality players in preparation for their return to the Champions League after a five-year absence.

Sevilla's Alberto Moreno has been one of their top targets this summer but it is believed that particular deal could be called off with a difference in the Reds valuation for the 21-year-old, who played a part in this season's Europa League win for the La Liga side.

The Reds have also been linked with moves for Sporting Lisbon's Marco Rojo and Wolsfburg's Ricardo Rodriguez according to reports in the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail respectively.

Whether the report regarding Liverpool's interest in Blind has any substance remains to be seen but it is public knowledge that they are on the lookout for a quality left-back, with Jose Enrique returning from a long-term injury and with Aly Cissokho returning to Valencia after an unspectacular loan spell at Anfield. Young right-back Jon Flanagan was the most prolific for the Reds in the left-back position last season.

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