Liverpool are considering making a January move to sign Bournemouth defender Lloyd Kelly.
With just one year left on his contract at Dean Court, Kelly had been expected to move on this summer. But despite interest from Tottenham Hotspur, the 24-year-old stayed put.
According to 90min though, he may yet get his move. They claim that after Spurs put in a late £20m bid for Kelly, Ange Postecoglou’s team will come back in for him when the winter window opens.
They reportedly won’t be alone, though. That’s because both Liverpool and Newcastle United are said to be ‘weighing up’ offers of their own.
Kelly will have just six months left to run on his contract at that stage. However, no indication of potential price-tag is given.
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Liverpool consider Kelly bid
For a couple of reasons, it would be no great shock to see Liverpool come in for Kelly in January.
The Reds have been linked with the former Bristol City player for a number of years now. Back in 2019, The Evening Standard reported that Liverpool believed then 20-year-old Kelly could offer sufficient back-up for their defensive options.
Having seen Bournemouth come in with a £13m bid though, the Reds decided to pull out.
As their U-turn wasn’t based on anything to do with Kelly’s footballing capabilities, it’s fair to assume that he’s stayed on their radar.
Since then, after a rocky start at Bournemouth, he’s gone on to be a really good player for the Cherries. He captained the side for large parts of their promotion-winning campaign in 2021/22, although has now surrendered that title to goalkeeper Neto.
Nevertheless, Kelly remains a player with vast potential. Crucially, he’s also left-footed and capable of playing at full-back too. That seems to be a key remit for any potential new centre-back signing.
So, all in all, although it wouldn’t be an especially high-profile signing, this is one we could see Liverpool doing. January feels a way off now, but it’ll soon come around.