Liverpool cooled interest in singing of highly-rated English defender

Liverpool have reportedly ended their interest in Bournemouth centre-back Lloyd Kelly.

Despite missing out on the player last summer, recent rumours has claimed that the Premier League champions are interested to secure the services of the versatile 21-year-old defender.

However, according to The Athletic, sporting director Michael Edwards has pulled the plug on any proposal which may have been made to the Cherries.

The report claims that Edwards was left unhappy with the conduct of Kelly’s agents during talks between the teams 12 months ago.

The Merseyside Reds instead look likely to secure the services of Jamal Lewis from Norwich City, providing that they can reach an agreement with the recently relegated team.

Lewis may eventually cost in the region of £20m, significantly more than what would have been required to secure the services of Kelly.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are reportedly closing in on a deal for highly-rated La Liga defender Aissa Mandi.

The 28-year-old played a vital role in the heart of the Real Betis defence during the 2019-20 season, playing 30 games across all competitions for the Spanish outfits.

However, Mandi’s current contract with Real Betis is set to end at the end of next campaign, and the defender is supposedly seeking pastures new ahead of the 2020-21 season.

According to beIN SPORTS, the Merseyside Reds have had a bid of £9m for Mandi accepted by Betis, and the Algeria international is believed to join up with the defending Premier League champions.