Liverpool are weighing up their options ahead of a potential £7.5 million move for Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph, who they have identified as a player who can become the successor of the soon-to-be-departed Steven Gerrard.
Gerrard – who has been with the Reds since the age of seven – recently announced that he was departing the Anfield club at the end of the season in favour of a move to the MLS to play for Los Angeles Galaxy.
His impending exit – coupled with Inter Milan’s increasing efforts to sign Lucas Leiva – could leave Brendan Rodgers’ side with a lack of depth in the midfield area next season, which means that the Reds boss is keen to strengthen in the January transfer window.
Liverpool believe that Delph – who has gained many plaudits for his performances for Aston Villa, earning a call-up to the England national squad as a consequence – is a natural successor to Gerrard. While they initially aimed to make a move in the summer when Delph would become a free agent, they now want ensure his signature by making a move in January.
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