Liverpool are believed to be close to securing a loan deal for Valencia left-back Aly Cissokho who has been informed that he can leave the Spanish club.

Cissokho made just 11 league appearances for Valencia last season and has been heavily linked with a potential move to Anfield in recent days. Now Spanish newspaper Marca has reported that Liverpool are set to land the defender so long as they are prepared to pay a loan fee of €1m.

Should a deal be agreed then the Reds would then have the chance to sign the French defender on a permanent deal next summer for a fee of around €4m.

Brendan Rodgers revealed yesterday that he was keen to sign a left-back as cover for Jose Enrique who faced little competition for his place last season.

"There are obviously certain areas of the squad where we're a bit thinner than others," said Rodgers. "We probably need a bit more support - that extra bit of quality - at the top end of the field and that's something we'll look out for.

"That'll be mixed with needing cover in the left-back position - that's something we're looking at. It's not really about numbers, it's about quality. If we can do that over the next number of weeks we'll be happy."

Cissokho only moved to Valencia last season after three years at Lyon where he was considered first choice. However, he struggled to hold down a regular spot in the first team at Los Che and has seemingly been informed that he is no longer required at the club.

"On the left side we are very well covered," said manager Mirslav Djukic. "Juan Bernat can play there, as can Andres Guardado and Jeremy Mathieu. It is a very well covered position."

The 25 year old would certainly add stiff competition at left-back having played at the highest level in Portugal, France and Spain during his six year senior career, winning the league with Porto and earning one cap for France.