Liverpool have reportedly been offered Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra, according to Sky Sports.
Liverpool signed Christian Poulsen from Juventus in a £4.5m deal earlier this month, but manager Roy Hodgson said that the Dane wasn’t a replacement for Javier Mascherano, who he, at the time Poulsen was signed, expected to stay.
However, with Mascherano doing his best to engineer a move away from Anfield and Barcelona and Inter Milan both making a run at the Argentina captain, Liverpool could be in the market to add another defensive midfielder, and one option could be Mali captain Diarra.
After stints at Greek side OFI Crete and Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, Diarra really made a name for himself after arriving at Lyon in 2002. He played a key role in helping the French giants win four of their seven consecutive Ligue 1 titles, before departing for Real in a €26m deal in August 2006.
The 29-year-old was a first-team regular in his first two seasons at Real, but knee surgery ended his season in November. Last season, he started only four times in 15 La Liga appearances, and the signing of Germany international Sami Khedira from VfB Stuttgart only creates further congestion in an already crowded midfield.