Liverpool are reportedly set to revive their interest in Lazio defender Modibo Diakite and will battle it out with Roma for the player's signature.
The 26-year-old, who will be a free agent in the summer, was heavily linked to the Reds in January after the player's representative, Ulisse Savini, stated Anfield was his client's preferred destination. However, the agent backtracked on those comments a month later and revealed the centre-back was close to signing for Napoli.
However, according to talkSPORT, Diakite's transfer to Naples has now broken down. The player failed to reach an agreement with the Italians and that has now given Liverpool a second chance to snap up their man. Brendan Rodgers is in the market for a central defender to replace Jamie Carragher, who is set to hang up his boots at the end of the season.
Diakite joined Lazio from fellow Italian side Pescara back in 2006. The Frenchman, who is of Senegalese descent, has impressed with the Serie A side and is now one of the most sought-after central defenders in Italy.
The report also claims Liverpool are facing some tough competition from Lazio's local rivals Roma, who are keen to prise Diakite away from theGiallorossi and make a statement. However, the player is understood to have reservations about leaving his club for their fierce rivals.
Wolves Want Robinson for Next Season
Meanwhile, Wolverhampton Wanderers chief executive Jez Moxey has revealed the club would like to keep hold of Liverpool youngster Jack Robinson for another season.
The defender joined the Championship outfit on loan earlier this year. And having been impressed with the 19-year-old's performances, Wolves are now exploring the possibility of Robinson remaining at Molineux for the next campaign.
"Jack has done very well. There isn't anything yet in place - we're just going to get to the end of the season. I think he's enjoying it here and he's a player we would be interested in next season," Moxey said.