Transfer: Liverpool to snap up Chelsea target in January

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Liverpool have been sending scouts to keep track of Jamaal Lascelles and are preparing to bid for him when the January transfer window opens at the end of this month, according to reports.

It is reported by Sunderland Echo that Liverpool have been watching the Magpies’ England Under-21 defender in late weeks and sent scouts in last weekend’s 4-0 win over Birmingham at St James’ Park, where the 23-year old impressed at the end of the day in the centre of the defence. His execution has clearly fascinated Liverpool’s scouts, and they are set to watch him a few more circumstances this month with a view to signing the defender in the January exchange window.

Lascelles joined Newcastle in 2014 before going back to his former Club Nottingham forest on loan has been Newcastle’s most steady player under Rafa Benitez this season, showing up in the Championship 19 times as of now, in which 18 of them as a starter. The English defender is additionally named as the club captain by Benitez following his amazing performance and leadership display at the back.

The Magpies are on course to challenge for promotion back to the Premier League, and presently sit top of the league in the Championship with 43 points from 20 games. They have conceded only 16 goals in the Championship, third-best in the league behind Derby County and Brighton and Hove Albion.

Joel Matip has impressed since his free move from Schalke in the summer, however, apart from him all the other defender Lovren, Lucas, and Klavan has failed to cement their place in the squad and Klopp reportedly wants more competition at the back line. The former Dortmund manager wants to bolster his defensive units as they prepare for their maiden English Premier League title and has targetted the English defender as a prominent backup to their squad.

However, Liverpool could face competition for the signature of the defender as their Premier League rival Chelsea are also monitoring the situation of the 23-year-old and reportedly want to replace their veteran captain John Terry with him.

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