Reports: Liverpool eye 30-times-capped Holland international, Everton interested
By Alex Taylor
Liverpool are weighing up a move for Porto centre-back Bruno Martins Indi, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the Holland international has been picked out as a possible solution to Jurgen Klopp’s defensive crisis at Anfield.
Martins Indi is capable of playing both at the heart of defence and also in the Merseysiders’ problem position of left-back.
The youngster’s versatility could be the most attractive element for Klopp, who is said to be on the lookout for a new defender before the transfer window shuts.
Alberto Moreno is set to be axed for Liverpool’s clash against Burnley on Saturday, with midfielder James Milner in line to fill in at left-back.
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With Mamadou Sakho’s future in doubt following a string of disciplinary issus, Klopp is understood to have made the signing of a new defender a priority.
Liverpool may have to act quickly to secure the player after The Sun, citing reports in Portugal, claimed that Martins Indi is a £12.5million target for Everton manager Ronald Koeman.
Martins Indi joined current club FC Porto in 2014 and is predominately used in his more natural position as a centre-back.
The 24-year-old is currently contracted with Porto until 2018 and was an important player for them last season, making 34 appearances in all competitions.
He has also enjoyed success at national level with Holland and was part of the team that finished third in the 2014 World Cup.
Martins Indi featured six times during the tournament and was a key player alongside central-defensive partners Ron Vlaar and Stefan de Vrij. In total, he has made 30 appearances for his country.
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