4 Jan 2017

Transfer to Liverpool? 62% of Liverpool fans want Klopp to sign 'amazing' £12m international

Last month, Liverpool were linked with a move for Southampton defender Jose Fonte, and it appears that Reds fans are in favour of a transfer.

Fonte certainly appears to be available, and in a recent interview, the Portuguese defender confirmed that Southampton are happy for him to leave:

"I don't know what they [Southampton] are talking about. There's nothing on the table that I didn't sign. I have been informed by Southampton that they are NOT offering me a new contract".

A few weeks ago, I conducted a poll asking fans if Liverpool should sign Fonte. The results:

* 62% of participating fans voted YES to signing Fonte.

Reds legend Mark Lawrenson is certainly in favour of a transfer. When asked last season about Liverpool's centre-back situation, he told the BBC:

"I think Liverpool signed the wrong Saints centre-back when they bought Dejan Lovren in the summer, because Jose Fonte has just been outstanding for them".

Fonte's contract expires at the end of next season, and he'll surely know that Claude Puel will dump him on the bench as soon as he finds a viable replacement. After all, if the club is not renewing his contract, it means a new defender will be needed as a replacement.

As such, there's clearly an opportunity for Liverpool to try and entice Fonte to Anfield during the January transfer window, and with regular injuries afflicting the club's two first-choice central defenders, top quality back-up is arguably essential (especially if Lucas leaves this month). Should Liverpool pursue Fonte?

* Jan 2017: Described by Cedric Soares as 'amazing' player and a 'positive' influence on the team. £12m-rated (CIES)


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