By Joe Nelson

Liverpool have expressed strong interest in signing Roma midfield enforcer Leandro Paredes, according to a report.

Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that the Reds are keen on bringing the 22-year-old to Anfield before the transfer window shuts.

It is said that the Merseysiders and Leicester are keen on buying Paredes on a permanent transfer but Roma do not want to cash in on him.

Liverpool’s opening two Premier League matches of the season have highlighted their need for a midfield anchorman after attack-minded duo Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum were selected in central midfield due to Emre Can’s lack of fitness.

Football Insider revealed earlier in the window that Liverpool were compiling a dossier on Paredes following his encouraging displays last season while on loan at Empoli.

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The Argentine moved to the Italian capital in 2014 from Boca Juniors on loan, before making his transfer permanent in 2015.

Paredes, who is rated in the £7million bracket, is primarily a defensive midfielder but can also operate in a more attacking role in the middle of the park.

The former Argentina Under-17 international was a regular for Empoli during his season-long loan from Roma in 2015-16.

Paredes’ contract with Roma runs until June 2019 and he has 45 Serie A appearances to his name so far, with just three goals registered.

In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds have agreed a £30million-plus deal for a striker.