Liverpool hoping to exploit Lille financial woes to sign Virgil van Dijk partner

Liverpool are on the hunt for a potential partner for Virgil van Dijk after their defensive injury woes, and have apparently identified Lille star Sven Botman as a target.

The Reds have been tipped to dip into the January transfer market in order to buy a new centre-back.

Injuries to Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have highlighted their lack of depth at the back, with reports suggesting they want to strengthen.

Dayot Upamecano was touted as a potential target, but it now seems that idea is completely dead in the water.

Instead, they are reportedly set to take advantage of Lille’s dire financial situation and stike a deal to sign Botman.

The Ligue 1 side are struggling financially and are apparently ready to let go of some of their key players.

And Liverpool could be set to take advantage, with Foot Mercato claiming they’ve already been in contact with Botman’s representatives.

Botman only joined Lille in the previous summer transfer window, having impressed at Ajax.

The fee for the 20-year-old was reportedly in the region of £7.2m, and they stand to make a fairly decent profit if he is to move on.

A deal could reportedly be agreed for £27million, meaning he won’t come cheap for Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards.

However, Liverpool were apparently willing to pay £45m before finding out about Lille’s financial situation.

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