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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Swoop for Tottenham Target

Liverpool's search for a new left back has not gone well this summer, and if the rumour mongers are the be believed the club is now after Tottenham target Ben Davies.

Clive Rose

Though the rumour mongers continue to insist that Liverpool are interested in Ryan Bertrand, that interest is believed to max out at £6M, reflecting a bid Liverpool made earlier this week for the player and which Chelsea rejected. It is believed Chelsea want £8M and that neither side is especially eager to compromise.

The resulting rumours have Liverpool turning their attention to Swansea's Ben Davies, a player Tottenham are believed to have entered discussions to sign last week. After a few years where it seemed Spurs came late to the party to compete for every Liverpool target, if true this would be something of an amusing reverse.

Davies broke into the Swansea team in the 2012-2013 season, handed his opportunity by an injury to Neil Taylor, and has shown flashes of promise. In total, the 21-year-old has made 71 league appearances and scored three goals. He has also represented Wales ten times at the senior level.

He wouldn't be a flashy signing, but he's a young, promising, technically sound left back who would count as home grown and has plenty of experience already. Swansea's supposed valuation of £10M also isn't unreasonable in the current market, and would seem to represent better value than gambling the stagnated career of Ryan Bertrand can be revived.

His arrival—or that of Bertrand—rather than a more highly rated young left back like Alberto Moreno could signal that Liverpool believe Jose Enrique is fit enough to play a major role in Liverpool's coming season.

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