Liverpool scout Danish defender being eyed by Man United & Premier League leaders
Liverpool are scouting Fenerbahce centre-back Simon Kjaer a source close to the Istanbul giants revealed to Turkish-Football.
The Reds have been keeping tabs on the Denmark international through much of the second half of the season.
Liverpool are facing the prospect of losing long-term servant Lucas Leiva at the end of the season as he will be out of contract.
Additionally Mamadou Sakho has not played for the first-team since falling out with head coach Jurgen Klopp last summer.
The Reds are expected to strengthen their defence over the transfer window. Liverpool have conceded the highest number of goals in the top six (36).
The Reds could face competition from Chelsea and Manchester United who are both interested in the defender according to Express.
Fenerbahce value Kjaer as being worth €20 million and will listen to offers that match their valuation due to having to meet Financial Fair Play regulations.
Kjaer has however, underlined that he wants to stay in Istanbul and that he is settled at the club.
“I have no intention of leaving Turkey, Turkish football has taught me a lot,” he told Turkish outlet Fotospor.
“I have improved to have more responsibility, some of the matches I have played are like something I haven’t experienced anywhere in the world.”
Kjaer has been in great form this season and made the UEFA Europa League Team of the Group Stages.
The 27-year-old defender joined Fenerbahce from Ligue 1 outfit Lille and also has Serie A experience playing for both Roma and Palermo.
In other Liverpool transfer news the Guardian report that the Reds could be banned from signing academy players following allegations they breached Premier League rules in signing up a schoolboy from Stoke City.