Wednesday 17 January 2018

Liverpool ready to complete £20m transfer of Lazar Markovic before turning attention to Wilfried Bony

Wilfried Bony could become Luis Suarez's replacement at Liverpool
Wilfried Bony could become Luis Suarez's replacement at Liverpool

John Percy

Lazar Markovic is poised to complete his £20 million move from Benfica to Liverpool on Monday as Brendan Rodgers weighs up a raid on Swansea City for Wilfried Bony.

Markovic will have a medical at Melwood on Monday. The Serbia international’s move was delayed last week over a minor issue regarding paperwork but Liverpool are poised to finally wrap up the deal.

Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, is keen to make at least three further recruits – including the Belgium international Divock Origi – and he will target at least one striker to replace Luis Suárez.

Bony, the Ivory Coast international, is known to be a top target and Liverpool are considering making a bid this week to head off competition from Tottenham Hotspur.

The Swansea forward scored 25 goals last season and he is understood to have a £20million release clause.

Bony’s Swansea team-mate Ben Davies, the Wales international, is also on Liverpool’s radar if their bid to sign Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno collapses.

Another Rodgers target, Southampton defender Dejan Lovren, has avoided a club fine after reporting for training on Sunday.

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