By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool have been given a huge boost in their bid to sign Udinese right-back Silvan Widmer, according to a report.
Italian football news site Calciomercato have claimed that Napoli have turned their sights from Widmer to former Newcastle full-back Davide Santon.
It is understood that Napoli have found an agreement with Santon after the Italy international was not called up to Inter Milan’s USA pre-season tour.
This has given Liverpool a clearer run at signing Widmer. Football Insider reported on Friday that the Merseyside club were looking to hijack Napoli’s move for Widmer, who has a £6.6million asking price that Klopp believes is good value.
The Reds currently have Nathaniel Clyne and Jon Flanagan vying for the right-back position, although the former has been linked in a bizarre move to Barcelona while Flanagan saw just 685 minutes of competitive football for Liverpool last season.
Widmer has made 79 appearances for Udinese, including 27 last season when his side narrowly avoided relegation to the second tier.
Defenders Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Jose Enrique have left Liverpool this summer and Widmer fits the bill as an emerging star with the potential to improve.
The Switzerland international, who made his Serie A debut in 2013, has four more years remaining on his Udinese contract.
In other Liverpool transfer news, former Reds midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes that Jordan Ibe has more ability than Raheem Sterling.