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Defender linked with Reds move

Last Updated: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 09:52

Anderlecht's Cheikhou Kouyate is in talks about a move to the Premier League with Liverpool and Arsenal the favourites to land him.

The big centre half has played 19 times for Anderlecht this season but they have, according to reports, agreed to allow him to move on and his agent claims both clubs are in talks to sign him.

Despite being born in Senegal the 24-year-old has been granted a Belgium passport so there would be no problem regarding a work permit and his agent Saffet Balkan says a move is close.

Balkan said: "I have been in talks with representatives from Liverpool and Arsenal over Cheikhou Kouyate.

"Arsenal are very interested in Kouyate. It's very likely that he'll be joining a Premier League club soon."

Defence is an area which Brendan Rodgers will be addressing when he comes to strengthen his squad either this month or in the summer.

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