Liverpool could tempt Wayne Bridge away from Eastlands
Liverpool are ready to make a move for Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
New Reds boss Roy Hodgson has been searching for someone to fill the now vacant left-back position after Emiliano Insua’s departure to Fiorentina in a deal worth around £5 million and believes Bridge is the ideal candidate.
The former Chelsea defender has suffered a torrid season at City after picking up a troublesome knee injury which ruled him out for much of the campaign. Bridge has also faced having his private life open to the public after the scandal surround ex-partner Vanessa Perroncel and former team-mate John Terry,
Bridge, who turns 30 next week, will most likely be tempted by a move to Anfield as City are soon expected to agree a deal with Lazio for highly-rated full-back Alexander Kolarov in a deal believed to be worth around £17 million.
Should Kolarov agree a deal with City, it is likely the ex-England defender would find it hard to break into the first-team at Eastlands which would certainly tempt him with a move away from Manchester.
Meanwhile Liverpool are believed to be entering negotiations with Italian giants Inter Milan over a deal that would see Javier Mascherano head to the San Siro.
Mascherano has been angling for a move away from Anfield for some time now but was blocked in his attempts to leave for Barcelona last summer. Now the Argentina captain is ready to rejoin former Reds boss Rafael BenÃƒÂtez in Milan.
Liverpool are hopeful they can receive at least £25 million for the defensive midfielder and may hold out for more should Inter agree a big-money deal that would take hot-prospect striker Mario Balotelli to Manchester City for a reported fee of around £30 million.