Liverpool look as though they will have to significantly increase their offer if they wish to sign left-back Ben Davies after Swansea City reportedly accepted a bid from Tottenham.
The Reds had an £8 million bid for Davies turned down on Tuesday, and The Telegraph report on Wednesday that Spurs are now favourites to land the 21-year-old.
John Percy writes:
Rodgers is weighing up an improved offer for the Wales international after his opening £8m bid was rejected in what appears a straight battle between Liverpool and Spurs.
Liverpool will be looking to fix their long-term left-back problem with Jose Enrique having been injured for almost a year and Aly Cissokho returning to Valencia after his spell at Anfield last season.
Another reported target this summer has been Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno, and although the deal looked to be dead, ESPN report on Wednesday that it is very much alive:
They [Liverpool] had considered offering Aspas in part-exchange in an attempt to reduce the fee. But with the striker completing a season-long loan move to Sevilla – with a view to a permanent deal – on Monday night, any deal for Moreno will be negotiated separately.
Liverpool get their pre-season campaign underway on Wednesday afternoon, with a friendly at Brondby, kicking off at 5pm (UK).
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Brendan Rodgers has taken a 23-man squad to Denmark, so expect lots of substitutions. Interestingly, summer signing Emre Can did not travel, nor did Enrique or Jack Robinson.
The squad is as follows:
Jones, Agger, Coutinho, Lucas, Allen, Ilori, Borini, Suso, Ibe, Kelly, Coady, Skrtel, Flanagan, Adorjan, Smith, Phillips, Rossiter, Wisdom, Jones, Ward, Teixeira, Peterson, Stewart.