According to a report from German outlet DW Sports, Premier League giants Liverpool are targeting a move for Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes.
Howedes, an experienced 29-year-old German international, can play anywhere across a back-four, though he is generally employed as a central defender.
The Schalke youth product has spent his entire career to date at the Veltins-Arena, and is highly-regarded throughout his home country for both his hard-nosed style of defending and ability on the ball.
Howedes was actually one of only three players to play every minute of Germany’s seven matches during their victorious 2014 World Cup campaign, along with Manuel Neuer and Philipp Lahm.
For those who have had the opportunity to watch Howedes perform week-in, week-out for the past few seasons, it stands as quite a surprise that the enforcer has not yet been lured away from Schalke, with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich having reportedly been keeping tabs on him for several years now.
However, as per the aforementioned report from DW Sports, a new suitor with hopes of finally tempting the 44-time capped international away from the Veltins-Arena has emerged tonight, in the form of Liverpool.
The Reds are known to be in the market for defensive reinforcements this summer, but have so far been frustrated in their attempts to coax Southampton star Virgil Van Dijk to Anfield.
As a result, it is claimed that Jurgen Klopp is seriously considering a bid for Howedes before the close of the transfer market next week, with the German said to be a long-term admirer of the talents of his fellow countryman.