Liverpool are preparing to bid for Spartak Moscow midfielder Romulo in the wake of Lucas Leiva’s knee injury.
The Reds have contacted the Russian outfit to discuss the 23-year-old’s availability after learning that Lucas will be out for up to two months, reports the Daily Express.
There are suggestions that an opening offer of £7m has been lodged, but Spartak would prefer a fee closer to £10m for the former Vasco Da Gama star.
The Brazil international move to Russia for £6.5m in 2012. He has previously been scouted by Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona.
He was touted for a move to Anfield last summer but despite plenty of speculation, the deal never materialised.
Brendan Rodgers has also been linked with a move for AC Milan’s former Manchester City man Nigel De Jong as a short-term replacement for Lucas. He played down those suggestions and the latest reports from Russia suggest that it is Romolu who is his preferred target.
But Spartak would prefer to keep him until the end of the season. He has only recently returned from a knee injury of his own, which saw him miss almost 18 months of action.