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Liverpool reportedly bid for Sven Botman

Now, don't shoot the messenger, but the claims come via that bizarre talking egg Duncan Castles, so they're presumably as reliable as everything else he spouts off.

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Castles stated: "Liverpool are working on a deal. That is Sven Botman, in his first season at Lille from Ajax for an initial €8m.

"He’s been outstanding at Lille. Netherlands squad, 21 next month. Tall, quick, incredibly strong one-on-one.

"They would be willing to sell the player for twice and a little bit more than the fee they paid.

"They have been speaking to Botman’s agent. Botman’s agent likes the sounds of the conversations and believes there is a strong possibility of a January bid."

Personally, whilst Botman would definitely be an attractive prospect, and make perfect sense for the FSG business model, I still just don't see us signing a centre back in January. We desperately need one but I think we'd have already had one signed up by now.

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