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Report: Liverpool Have Put In Official Bid For Northern Ireland International

Report: Liverpool Have Put In Official Bid For Northern Ireland International

It looks like it will be a reasonably quiet summer for Liverpool in terms of transfer, with no big money deals likely to be made. However, they will still look to strengthen the squad.

Finding a replacement for Dejan Lovren at centre back will be a priority, with a move for Real Betis' Aissa Mandi mooted. A forward player could also be looked at, while a deputy for Andy Robertson is badly needed.

Liverpool went through last season with only one specialised left back in the first team squad. On the occasions Robertson was unavailable, that spot in the starting XI was filled by James Milner. This is a situation that needed fixing, with a major injury to the Scot having the potential to be a massive blow.

One name strongly linked has been Norwich City's Jamal Lewis and it appears an official move has now been made.

James Pearce of The Athletic is reporting that Liverpool have made a £10million bid for the 22-year old, one that includes a sizeable sell-on fee for Norwich.

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Pearce only reports deals when genuine information comes from the club, so you can be fairly sure that Liverpool are intent on pursuing this transfer.

It is said that Norwich are looking to secure a fee of £20million for Lewis, although a compromise seems likely to be reached if Michael Edwards is keen on the player. It is thought the player is happy to initially act as a backup for Robertson.

Dominic King of the Daily Mail has even reported that Norwich are already resigned to losing the defender have begun the search for his replacement.

Lewis made 28 appearances in the Premier League last season, scoring one goal. Born in Luton, he is a Northern Ireland international having won six caps since making his senior debut in 2018.

This would be a decent piece of business for Liverpool and would allow them to rest Robertson more often next season. One also can't help but notice the similarity between this deal and the one which brought Robertson to Anfield, moving from a relegated club after one season in the Premier League.

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Gary Connaughton

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