Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has lodged a £1.6 million bid for the Argentinian international goalkeeper Sergio Romero, according to the Metro.

The Liverpool boss is looking to add some quality competition for Simon Mignolet’s spot in the squad, and he has identified Sampdoria’s World Cup star as a bargain option.

The Italian publication Gazetta dello Sport believe that the deal is nearing a conclusion, with Liverpool expected to complete the signing of Romero in the coming days.

The Argentinian spent last season on loan at Monaco, but his experienced limited playing time.

His impressive performances for Argentina during the World Cup are believed to be a big factor in Rodgers’ reported interest, as Romero’s penalty heroics led his country to the World Cup final and saw him nominated for FIFA’s Golden Glove award.

Currently, Australian stopper Brad Jones is the deputy to Mignolet, but Rodgers is wanting to strengthen his squad further as they look to challenge for the Premier League title, as well as perform in the Champions League.

Liverpool have already significantly boosted their squad strength, acquiring Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Emre Can, Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno.

Rodgers is also in the market for a marquee striker following the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona.