Noel Whelan has claimed Brendan Rodgers would not hold back Caglar Soyuncu if Liverpool make a move for the defender this summer.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United striker suggested the 23-year-old is better than Harry Maguire and would “fit the mould” at Anfield.

The centre-back’s former agent, Mustafa Dogru, told AS that his former client would consider leaving Leicester City if the Reds came calling.

As revealed by Football Insider the Premier League leaders are considering an approach for Brighton defender and Leeds loanee Ben White whilst Dejan Lovren’s future remains far from certain.

Whelan believes Soyuncu has all of the attributes to succeed at Anfield.

“Soyuncu has been fantastic,” he told Football Insider.

“People were worried as to how they would replace Harry Maguire but he has been more of a standout than Harry Maguire and cost next to half the price.

“I think he would fit into that mould. He covers the ground well, is dangerous from set-pieces and is good with the ball at his feet.

“Brendan Rodgers will desperately want to keep him though. But when clubs like that come calling it is very difficult to turn down big money as a club and very difficult to turn the opportunity down as a player.

“I think Rodgers is the sort of manager that will realise that these transfers do not come around very often. He is a fair guy and I do not think he would hold him back from joining a club where he can challenge for honours.”

The Turkey international’s former agent told AS, “I think only Liverpool have the power to sign Caglar Soyuncu in the Premier League.”

Soyuncu has formed a formidable partnership with Jonny Evans in the heart of the Foxes defence this season – scoring once in 35 appearances.

In other Liverpool news, it can be REVEALED that 22-year-old is poised to reject new deal and move to Ligue 1.