England's Jordan Henderson and Germany's Jonas Hector (left) in action during the International Friendly match at the Olympic Stadium, Berlin. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 26, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Germany. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Cologne deny Liverpool bid for Jonas Hector

Bundesliga side Cologne have denied Liverpool have bid for their German international left-back Jonas Hector.

We had reported on Saturday that Liverpool had agreed a fee for the 26-year-old, who has been heavily linked with a move to Merseyside as Jurgen Klopp seeks to strengthen at left-back.

Hector, along with Ben Chilwell of Leicester City, has been on the Reds’ radar for several months.

But Cologne CEO Jorg Schmadtke addressed the report over the weekend, telling German paper Express that no fee has been agreed with Liverpool.

Schmadtke says that a fee of double €15m would make him “answer my phone”.

Meanwhile, Bild claim that a bid of €20m would persuade Cologne to sell.

They also note that an impressive performance from Germany’s first choice left-back at the European Championships could see his price tag rise further.

Both reports suggest that Hector and Cologne will now focus on the Euros, which start this Friday in France, with his future to be addressed again after the competition.

Germany begin their campaign against Ukraine on Sunday. They warmed up with a 2-0 win over Hungary on Saturday. Hector started at left-back and was replaced by Liverpool’s Emre Can in at half-time.

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