By Derek Smithson
Liverpool are considering move for Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi, according to a report.
The Daily Mirror claimed on their transfer blog (Sunday, 12:52am) that the Reds are lining up a move for the 23-year-old this summer.
It is understood that the left-back was close to joining Sevilla, but the Spanish club back out of an £8.5million deal due to concerns over his fitness.
The report details that medics were fearful about a potential recurrence of an anterior cruciate ligament injury that struck him in 2015 and saw him suffer a long-term absence with the knee problem.
Liverpool are believed to be considering an initial loan deal for Amavi to give him the chance to prove his fitness.
Jurgen Klopp is in the market for a new full-back after using James Milner as a make-shift left-back for much of last season.
Amavi has made 48 appearances for Villa and played 36 times for the Championship club last season.
The Frenchman was unable to maintain his place in the starting line-up at left-back and was used as a left winger by Steve Bruce in the second half of the season.
He is recognised as an attack minded defender and was replaced by Neil Taylor in the starting XI at Villa.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool need to bring in a left-back this summer to give their squad a better balance and should forget a move for Amavi. The 23-year-old showed great promise when he first moved to England and could still have a bright future ahead of him. However, Klopp should be aiming to bring in someone with a much greater calibre as they return to the Champions League. Liverpool have seen most of their rivals strengthen considerably already this summer and they need to show a real ambition by bringing in top signings. Amavi was unable to cement his position in the Villa starting XI next season and has not shown enough yet to suggest he could make a major impact at Anfield.
In other Liverpool transfer news, their midfielder is likely to face a summer exit.