Lille defender Aurelien Chedjou claims he wants to leave France this summer and is willing to make a move to the Premier League with Liverpool.

The 27-year-old has been linked to the Reds and Newcastle United for some time now. The Cameroon international has now admitted he finds the prospect of playing for Liverpool exciting and also revealed his future will be decided in the next few weeks.

Aurelien Chedjou

"Liverpool could be great. An enormous club with fantastic fans and the Kop to add," Sky Sports quoted Chedjou, adding, "Nothing is done with any club. Yes, I want to move from Lille and get another experience of my life."

The centre-back has made 33 Ligue 1 appearances for Lille this season, netting three times. Chedjou also has 14 senior international caps for Camerron. Turkish giants Galatasaray are also understood to be weighing up a summer move for the player.

Liverpool are in the market for a central defender to replace veteran Jamie Carragher, who hung up his boots at the weekend, ending his 23-year association with the Reds. The 35-year-old, who joined the Anfield academy in 1990, is the club's second-longest ever serving player, making 737 appearances for the club in all competitions between 1996 and 2013.

Hodgson Hails Carragher as the Spirit of Shankly

England boss Roy Hodgson has showered praise on Carragher and labelled the defender as the spirit of legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly.

"I rate him extremely highly. First of all, to play well over 700 games for one club is something which is not going to be seen too often in the future. During that time he has won all of the honours that it's possible to win, including England caps, and has really shown himself to be the consummate professional and the consummate Liverpool player," Hodgson pointed out.

"He and Steven Gerrard, for me, encapsulate the spirit of Liverpool Football Club and what Liverpool Football Club means to the people of Liverpool. If there is a spirit of Shankly or a spirit of Anfield, then it's Jamie Carragher and his good friend Steven," the former Reds manager added.