By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool have sent scouts to watch Newcastle star defender Jamaal Lascelles, according to a report.
North east publication the Shields Gazette has claimed that the Reds have watched the 23-year-old and they are preparing to make a big money move in January.
It is stated that the Merseysiders had a representative scouting the Magpies captain in the 4-0 victory over Brmingham on Saturday.
Additionally, it is reported that the Premier League giants will watch Lascelles in the next few weeks with a view to making a bid in the winter window.
The former Nottingham Forest youth graduate has been a rock in the Newcastle defence after being made captain in the summer.
He has played in 19 of the club’s 20 Championship fixtures this campaign, which has seen them nestle at the top of the table.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will also be seeking defensive reinforcements, especially at centre-back after having to play Lucas Leiva in the position at times this season.
Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez and Mamadou Sakho are the club’s recognised centre-backs.
However, Klavan has struggled to find time on the pitch after joining in the summer, while Gomez has had injury problems and Sakho has been frozen out.
Lascelles is still contracted to Newcastle until 2020 and he could prove to be costly for Klopp’s team.
Football Insider verdict:
Lascelles could prove to be a good acquisition in the long-term for Liverpool. The defender is still just 23 and has already established himself in a very good team with Newcastle. The Toon are a level below Liverpool, but they have massively improved under manager Rafa Benitez. It is doubtful that the former England Under-21 international will be the player to immediately shore up the Reds defence. However, he has the potential to become a regular player in the Premier League in the future. Therefore, if Klopp moves quickly for the defender he could prove a vital signing in years to come.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Klopp has given the green light in this midfielder deal.