Liverpool have made significant ground in their bid to land target Aly Cissokho after the Valencia full-back expressed his desire to play in the Premier League and welcomed interest from the Merseyside club.
Brendan Rodgers is set to revamp his defence at the end of the season with Jamie Carragher announcing his retirement and Martin Skrtel looking a potential transfer target for Zenit St Petersburg. The Liverpool manager could also lose Sebastian Coates as the youngster is looking for a way out after being left frustrated with the lack of first-team opportunities.
The Reds are tipped to invest heavily in defence as they struggle to mount a challenge for a top-four finish and Cissokho is high up on Rodgers’ target list.
The French international started his career at Gueugnon, a club in his native country, before making the switch to Portugal with Vitoria Setubal. Porto swooped for the player in 2009 but the left-back returned to France with Lyon after only 1 season. His impressive performances for the French giants earned him a call-up to the national side but he has failed to add to his 1 cap.
Valencia signed Cissokho at the start of the current season but the player is open to a move to Liverpool in the summer. The Express quotes Cissokho talking about interest from Liverpool as he said, “Liverpool? I have never hidden that the Premier League is the league that attracts me the most. It’s pleasing to see my name linked to that of the Reds. They’re a great club, and not just anyone can wear that shirt.”