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Rumour Mongering: Moreno Tops Liverpool Wish List

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Liverpool fans wondering where the defensive help was in all the talk of Adam Lallana will be thrilled by rumours Alberto Moreno is the club's top fullback target.

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

For a large subset of Liverpool fans caught up in the start of transfer silly season there has been only one question worth asking with reports Adam Lallana is the club's top target and likely to cost between £20-25M. Namely, can he play fullback? Because Liverpool could really do with a fullback. Or seven for when the first six get injured or just plain forget how to play football.

While Lallana may not solve the club's fullback woes, another potential target might. That target is Alberto Moreno, Sevilla's 21-year-old Spanish international left back and one of the hottest defensive prospects in the game. Frequently a favourite of Liverpool fans looking to football manage their way to imaginary glory, there's now reason to believe Moreno might be more than just a flight of fancy.

Having put together a shortlist and hit the ground running ahead of the World Cup with the goal of getting a few major signings completed quickly, the Liverpool Echo believe that the player at the top of that list is Moreno. The competition won't be easy, though, with rumours of Real Madrid interest and suggestions Chelsea may have already made an opening £15M bid for the player.

A £25M release clause on one end and a possible Chelsea bid on the other gives some indication of the kind of fee it will take to pry him away from Sevilla. Yet for a fullback of Moreno's quality—and one ready to start week in and week out for a title challenging side at only 21 years of age—it hardly seems an unreasonably astronomical fee given the current market environment.

Other fullbacks purported to be on Liverpool's wish list include rumoured former targets Ryan Bertrand and Guilherme Siqueira.