Palermo step up bid for Reds midfielder

Palermo are set to launch a revised bid to sign Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, after failing in their attempts last month.

It is understood that Roy Hodgson turned down a £3million offer for the Brazilian, who has since captained the club several times in pre-season action.

Hodgson is thought to be keen on keeping Lucas on at Anfield, especially with the impending depature of Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano.

Palermo however are expected to prepare a bid of around £7million to tempt the Reds.

Despite Liverpool’s rejection of their offer last month, Palermo sporting director Walter Sabatini says he still hopes to resurrect a deal.

“There is a dialogue with Liverpool,” he said. “I believe there is room to negotiate.”

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