Nantes plot loan swoop for Liverpool attacker Markovic

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Ligue 1 side Nantes are plotting a last-gasp swoop for Liverpool’s forgotten man Lazar Markovic, according to Sun reporter Alan Nixon.

The reliable journalist claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that the French club are interested in making a deadline day loan move for Markovic, 23, with the Serbia international seemingly nowhere near Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans.

The attacker, who is capable of playing on both wings or as a striker, spent the second half of last season on a temporary deal with Hull but has failed to find himself a new club throughout the entirety of the summer transfer window.

Markovic has made just 34 appearances for the Reds in over three years at Anfield, scoring just three goals.

Good move for Liverpool?

Markovic is simply a waste of a squad space and a waste of money being at Liverpool. The Reds need to get him off their books somehow but a loan move will not do it. Another year out on a temporary deal will mean that the Serb comes a year closes to his contract expiring and if he leaves for free that will be one major blunder on behalf of the Merseyside club. Nantes aren’t a team who could attract Markovic on a permanent deal though.

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Likely to happen?

At this stage it doesn’t appear that Nantes’ interest is very advanced. France’s transfer deadline as at the same time as in England so there are just hours to go before the Ligue 1 side decide on whether or not to make a formal approach. Markovic is perhaps a better player than what Nantes could attract too. They are by no means an attractive proposition in France and he is likely to be better off staying in the Premier League.

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