Why the door could open for Liverpool to sign cut-price defender

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Nicolas N'Koulou is reportedly available this summer for around €5 million - a move that Liverpool can't let pass them by.

News from France on Friday evening could have opened the door for Liverpool to make a fantastic cut-price transfer move this summer.

Just hours before Marseille kicked off their Ligue 1 game against Nantes, a crucial game in their hunt for a Champions League this season, France Football ran a report suggesting that because Nicolas N’Koulou’s contract expires in 2016, OM would be willing to sell the Cameroonian defender for as little as €5million this summer.

The defender has been a target for Liverpool for a number of years, as reported by Sky Sports, but still only 25 years old, he would represent an amazing cut-price move at the end of the season.

N’Koulou is still an integral part of the Cameroon national team, and was part of the World Cup squad last summer. He has played over 200 games in Ligue 1 for both Marseille and Monaco and is without doubt ready for a new challenge next season.

The centre-back is excellent in the air, a brilliant one-on-one defender and is a leader with Champions League experience. If Brendan Rodgers wants to add a defender who could make an instant difference to the team and help improve the squad, then he shouldn’t let the opportunity to sign N’Koulou pass him by.

Marcelo Bielsa has missed the defender since he picked up an injury after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations. His leadership has been missed and is one of the reasons why OM have slipped down to fourth before the start of the weekend.

Liverpool will need to look at lesser-known signings if they miss out on the Champions League, and N’Koulou represents the ideal signing for the Reds – and a bargain at €5m.

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