Carlos Zambrano
Carlos Zambrano [Reuters] Reuters

Liverpool target Carlos Zambrano has turned down a new deal with Eintracht Frankfurt, according to the Daily Mirror.

The report claims that the Merseyside club have been scouting for the Peruvian defender, who refused to extend his stay with the Bundesliga outfit beyond the end of the current campaign.

The 24-year-old has been a long-term target for Brendan Rodgers, who was keen on recruiting the centre-back last summer. However, in the end he signed Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain in order to strengthen Liverpool's back.

The German club's manager, Armin Veh, wants to retain Zambrano beyond this season, but the centre-back is not keen on extending his stay with the Bundesliga outfit.

"At the moment there is no reason to talk. We'll see in July," Zambrano explained.

Frankfurt are currently struggling in the table, sitting in the 15<sup>th place with 15 points after 17 matches this season. They are only one point above 16th placed [relegation play-off spot] SC Freiburg and four points ahead of relegation threatened Nurnberg and Eintracht Braunschweig.

Zambrano's refusal to sign a new deal could either pave the way for a cut-price move in January or clubs pursuing Zambrano's signature can agree a pre-contract with the player who will join for free in the summer.

Rodgers currently has Kolo Toure, Sakho, Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger in the centre of defence. The Ivorian was brought in on a free transfer as replacement for the retiring Jamie Carragher last summer. Zambrano could certainly take the 32-year-old's place in the coming seasons, should he opt to sign for Liverpool.

The Reds vice-captain Agger has started in only nine games this season and has been constantly linked with a move away from Merseyside in January despite reiterating his desire to stay at the Merseyside club.

Liverpool are currently in the fourth place in the Premier League table after 21 matches with 42 points, six less than leaders Arsenal. Rodgers' men will face Aston Villa in their next league fixture on Saturday at Anfield.