Liverpool are reportedly in talks to sign two new midfielders, according to journalist Jacque Talbot.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Merseyside club were interested in signing Atalanta midfielder Teun Koopmeiners.
In a recent Twitter post, Talbot revealed the latest on the current situation surrounding Koopmeiners, as well as Liverpool’s interest in two new midfielders.
He said: “Told Atalanta will refuse to sell reported Liverpool target Teun Koopmeiners this window. Aiming for Europa [League] and have already sold off Ruslan Malinovskyi to Marseille.
“Hear been talks between Reds and Khephren Thuram of Nice – and Kouadio Kone of Borussia Monchengladbach, though.”
This season has seen both Thuram and Kone show their quality and why they have caught the attention of the Reds.
Focusing on Thuram, the 21-year-old has racked up the second-highest number of progressive passes (46) at Nice, while Kone, who is also 21, has the highest number of progressive passes (58) at Monchengladbach this season alongside the highest combined total of tackles and interceptions (40).
This shows how effective the duo can be in terms of moving the ball forward and being able to win it back when out of possession.
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With Koopmeiners now apparently out of the picture for a potential January move, going after the Nice and Monchengladbach youngsters could be the next best thing for the Reds to do.
Bearing in mind how Liverpool currently have three central midfielders in their squad over the age of 30, it’s understandable why the club have reportedly got their eyes on bringing the likes of Kone and Thuram to Anfield given their ages and the clear talent they have.
Moving forward, if the Reds are able to secure deals for the duo before the January transfer window closes, this would be a great way for Klopp to refresh his squad and his team in the middle of the park as they seek to turn their season around.