Saturday, May 17, 2008

Reds tracking Italian full-back

Reds tracking Italian full-back

By James Carroll - 17/05/2008 19:40

Liverpool are closing in on Italian left-back Andrea Dossena.

Reports suggest that the Reds have already opened talks with Udinese regarding the 26-year-old, who would command a fee of around £8m.

With John Arne Riise heading for the Anfield exit door, Fabio Aurelio's injury troubles and 19-year-old Emiliano Insua short of first-team experience, Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has identified Dossena as the cure for the problematic left-back position.

Dossena is vying for a place in Italy's Euro 2008 squad and has one cap for the Azzuri.

Liverpool are expected to snap-up right-back Phillip Degen on a free-transfer from Borussia Dortmund while a bid for Aston Villa's Gareth Barry has been made.

Meanwhile, newspaper reports claim that Jermaine Pennant has been told to find himself a new club by Benitez meaning that he could join the likes of Riise, Peter Crouch and Andriy Voronin in leaving the club this summer.



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