Signing a leftback from a relegated side for a bargain? Where have we seen that before? According to the report from one of the most reliable club-connected journalists, Melissa Reddy, Liverpool appear ready to double down on the strategy with Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis.
According to Reddy, Liverpool lead several interested Premier League clubs for Lewis’s signature.
“The Merseysiders are, however, understood to be most advanced in negotiations at present,” Reddy writes. “The 22-year-old is represented by PLG, who also manage Robertson and fellow Anfield fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold, giving Liverpool an advantage in negotiations.”
Michael Edwards & Co. apparently hope to capture the young fullback’s signature for around £10 million.
Although Lewis can be deployed as both a leftback and as a left-sided midfielder, it seems as if he will be signed primarily as cover for Andy Robertson, with an eye on developing under Jurgen Klopp and alongside two of the best fullbacks in the business.
Reddy also name drops Olympiakos leftback Kostas Tsimikas as another possibility on Liverpool’s four-man “shortlist” for the position. However, Lewis would have the additional advantage of counting as a homegrown player in the post-Brexit Premier League.
While the deal isn’t over the line yet, the fact that Reddy was tipped off about it is a good sign. Ever since the first ill-fated attempt to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton—one which forced the club to publicly apologize and withdraw from the pursuit for six months—Liverpool have conducted most of their dealings on the down low.
This report is a sign that Liverpool think this is a deal that can, and likely will, be completed.