Mathew Ryan's agent says January move 'unlikely' amid reported Liverpool interest

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The agent of reported Liverpool target Mathew Ryan says that his client could be interested in a move away from Club Brugge.

Reports in The Guardian last week suggested that Liverpool were interested in a move to sign Club Brugge goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, and his agent addressed the speculation in an exclusive interview with Goal.

The Reds were believed to be monitoring the progress of the Austrian international as Brendan Rodgers looks to find a replacement for under-fire Simon Mignolet, and Mikkel Beck says that whilst he's heard of interest from Liverpool, there have been no discussions yet.

"I have read the reports that Liverpool are watching Mat, but I am unaware of concrete interest from them," Beck told Goal. "Of course it does not surprise me that such big clubs are interested in Mat because he is such an outstanding talent."

Liverpool may need to sign a goalkeeper during this month's transfer window, but Beck says that a deal right now is unlikely given that Ryan is on international duty with Australia at the Asia Cup, though talks could be held during the summer.

"A move is unlikely this month as Mat is away at the Asian Cup and is fully focused on doing well for Australia. We will sit down in the summer and talk about things and if there is something concrete and something special that comes up we will consider it."

Ryan has been on trial with Tottenham in recent years and has attracted plenty of interest thanks to his performances in Belgium, and Beck admitted that a move to the Premier League would be a dream for his client - even if he's currently happy with Club Brugge.

"Playing in the Premier League would be of interest to Mat as it is one of the best leagues in the world and knowing how ambitious Mat is it is the kind of league he would like to play in. He is happy at Brugge, but if concrete interest comes we will sit down and have a discussion," he added.

If Liverpool truly are interested in Ryan, then they will no doubt be monitoring his progress at the Asia Cup, with Australia now into the knockout stages of the competition having finished second in Group A behind South Korea.

With Beck admitting that he and Ryan could be tempted into leaving Club Brugge at the end of the season, Rodgers must now decide whether he can afford to wait until summer or not to replace Mignolet, who lost his place in the Liverpool side in December, only to claim it back when replacement Brad Jones suffered an injury on Boxing Day.

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