Insider reveals Liverpool FC considered signing 22-year-old this month

Kaveh Solhekhol delivers the latest news on Liverpool FC's reported attempts to sign Naby Keita this month

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Liverpool FC considered a move to try and bring Naby Keita to Anfield this month instead of in the summer, according to reporter Kaveh Solhekol, before RB Leipzig issued a statement denying the possibility.

The Reds agreed a big-money deal to bring the Guinea international to the Merseyside club last summer after having agreed a transfer fee with German club RB Leipzig.

As things stand, the 22-year-old midfielder is set to officially compete his transfer to Liverpool FC at the end of the season.

However, there had been suggestions that Liverpool FC could be set to try and bring the move forward following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona last week.

Sky Sports News reporter Solhekol confirmed that the Reds were considering offering the German club some more money to bring Keita to Anfield this month, before Leipzig released a statement on Sunday insisting that Keita would remain at the club until the summer.

Speaking on Sky Sports News on Friday, Solhekol said: “Liverpool have money to spend after selling Philippe Coutinho and one option they’re exploring is getting Naby Keita in this month instead of waiting until next summer.

“Remember, they’ve already agreed a £66.4m deal for Keita to join in July. RB Leipzig want Keita to stay for the rest of the season but they may be will to do a deal if Liverpool put more money on the table.”

Liverpool FC have already been busy in the January transfer window after agreeing to sell Coutinho to Barcelona and also completing the big-money signing of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

The Reds are aiming to secure a fourth placed finish in the Premier League for the second season running.

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