By Dominic Toner

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is a target for Galatasaray, according to a report.

Turkish outlet FotoMac claimed that Lucas was close to agreeing a season-long loan move to Besiktas.

Sky Sports claim that Turkish side Galatasaray are interested in making a move for the Brazilian as they try to take advantage of the player entering the final year of his contract.

The Merseyside club have already parted ways with Joe Allen this summer who has joined Stoke for £13million, and could be about to lose their defensive midfielder.

Lucas has made over 300 appearances in a Liverpool shirt and his most successful season to date came in the 2010-11 season when he was named the club’s player of the year.

The midfielder is Liverpool’s longest-serving player after he was signed for the Merseyside giants by Rafael Benitiez in 2007 from Gremio.

Last season he started just eight times in the league after the turn of the year, and his match time was restricted with Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Emre Can and Joe Allen all ahead of him in the pecking order.

The latest addition to the squad, £25million Georginio Wijnaldum, could be used in a deeper role if needed after manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that the Dutchman could play in several positions.

In other Liverpool transfer news, Daniel Sturridge has issued a warning to the club’s star summer signings.