Liverpool are leading the chase to land £7m rated defensive midfielder from Udinese, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, and according to several reports, negotiation between both the clubs are ongoing.
The Mirror reported that the Reds are in pole position to snap the 23-year-old, who has made more than 40 appearances for Ghana. Italian club Chievo are also apparently interested in his signature, but a move to Premier League and Anfield would be too tempting to turn down.
Badu has a contract till 2016 and Udinese is under no pressure to sell him at the moment, but they could listen to offers, if the price is right. The player himself said in an interview to Goal.com:
“I have not heard anything from my agent – at the moment it is all speculation. We will have to see what happens in the next two weeks because it has always been my dream to play in England.
“We played against Liverpool in the Europa League last year so I know all about them. They are a really good team who have been performing well this season and I would be very happy to join them.”
Liverpool have contacted Udinese for defensive midfielder Badu, according to Sky Italy. Negotiations ongoing
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Chievo first approached Udinese over the availability of the player and they were told that Liverpool are also interested in the midfielder. And according to Sky Italia, negotiations between both the clubs are ongoing at the moment.
Liverpool are in need of a solid defensive midfielder. Lucas Leiva’s performance has been pretty average that has forced Brendan Rodgers to tinker with his midfield shape and used Steven Gerrard in the holding defensive midfield role against Stoke City in the last match for the first time this season.