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Danny Mills is not convinced Liverpool should pursue the permanent signing of Ozan Kabak.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Manchester City delivered his verdict on the Premier League champions exploiting Schalke’s financial position to secure a cut-price deal for Kabak.

This site understands Liverpool are negotiating a potential £9-10million deal for the 21-year-old – half the option agreed with the German side in January.

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After a shaky start, Kabak, along with Nat Phillips has established himself as Jurgen Klopp’s preferred choice at centre-back with Joel Gomez, Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip all injured.

He has started seven of their last eight games across all competition but Mills has insisted he does not improve the Reds massively.

He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It’s a handful of games he’s played. You’d have to see the player in training.

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“The fact they’re starting to argue over the fee suggests they’re not massively convinced themselves.

“And maybe see it as a stop-gap, for now. Knowing full well they need somebody.

“If a player’s outstanding you just go ‘Ok, we’ll buy him.’ You’ll try and negotiate on fees but it’s one of them, say they want £25million for him. ‘Do you know what? We’d pay £35million for him, we’ll try and get him for £20million but actually, he’s that important and that good, we just want him and the fee becomes irrelevant because we need the player.’

“Do I look at him and think he’s going to make Liverpool massively better? No, is the answer.”

Kabak has helped Liverpool keep two clean sheets in his five Premier League appearances.

The 10-time Turkey international has also helped them keep two clean sheets in the Champions League.

In other news, a Liverpool player transfer is all but done after proven star reaches “verbal agreement”.