8 Dec 2016

Anfield-bound? Liverpool keen to sign €8m midfield sensation who's 'like a mannequin'. Offer made already by CP

Liverpool are once again being linked with a move for one of France's most promising talents.

In October, The Mirror claimed that Liverpool were tracking Lille midfielder Soualiho Meite, and according to new reports in France:

* Liverpool scouts have been watching Meite this season.

* Crystal Palace have already submitted an €8m offer.

When asked recently about his future, Meite told reporters:

"I do not know what will happen. I work hard every day. That the result is that so many clubs are interested in me, it honors me".

Some info about Meite:

* 22-year old defensive midfielder, who can also play other central midfield roles.

* Registered with Lille, but currently on loan at Belgian side Zulte-Waregem. Contract expires: 2017

* 96 appearances for Lille, Zulte, and Auxerre (2 goals/assists). Hasn't suffered any injuries yet.

* Apr 2015: When asked about his performances for Lille, Meite observed: "I sometimes lacks grit, and tend to be nonchalant. I realize that sometimes I have to force myself".

* Jul 2015: Lille boss Frederic Antonetti scathed: "He is like a mannequin on the field at times, and I don't know how he expects to be that way when our opponents are mobile".

A lack of mobility and/or effort isn't going to cut it under Jurgen Klopp, and given Antonetti's comments - and Meite's admission that he tends to be 'nonchalant' on the field - this transfer seems unlikely.


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