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Who is reported Liverpool target Nicolas Isimat-Mirin?

The Valenciennes defender has reportedly become a transfer target for Brendan Rodgers in January. So what can we tell you about him?

Liverpool are doing their January transfer business pretty early this year with a deal for Daniel Sturridge reportedly done and a subsequent one that will see Tom Ince return to his former club from Championship side Blackpool is on the verge of completion.

Both are young and promising players with a long future at the highest level on the horizon and Brendan Rodgers has made that the main point of his business so far. Investment in the future is key to revolutionising a Liverpool side that have faltered since Rafa Benitez left the club.

One potential target appeared to be Feyenoord captain and Dutch international Stefan de Vrij; who is fast becoming the most wanted man on the continent. However some reports now claim that Liverpool have been priced out of a potential pursuit for the 20-year-old and have been forced to look elsewhere for potential replacements.

One of those being mentioned in some circles is Valenciennes defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin. The 21-year-old is a regular for the Ligue 1 side and could reportedly be available for a cut-price as his contract runs out in 18 months.

Standing at 6ft 2inches he is an imposing physical threat for his relatively immature age and that makes him a bullish operator. Strong in the air and physically fit he has the key attributes to be a success in the Premier League.

After being released by Rennes in 2009 as an 18-year-old his professional career could have been on a downward trend. However he picked himself up by signing with Valenciennes as one of the key members to use their brand new training centre in the same year. After establishing himself in the reserve teams he made his debut in 2010 and was rewarded with a full-time professional contract in the same year. Since then he has become a regular in the Ligue 1 sides defence; featuring 36 times last season and playing in every game for Valenciennes so far this term and has earned three caps for France’s under-21 side.

A graduate of the famed Clairefontaine academy that helped develop the likes of Thierry Henry, Nicolas Anelka and Abou Diaby he represents one of the few young players in European football who may have slipped under many teams radar; now Liverpool have him in their crosshairs they should certainly not let him go.

Have you seen Isimat-Mirin play? Is he good enough for the Premier League?

image: © Bernard C

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