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Liverpool linked to former Real Madrid youngster Jese Rodriguez, Saints 'eye outcast Mamadou Sakho'

Liverpool are interested in former Real Madrid man Jese Rodriguez, according to reports from Italy.

The 23-year-old moved to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer but has struggled to establish himself under manager Unai Emery.

The Spaniard has made just one start for the Ligue 1 champions and has already been linked with a move away from the club.

It was initially thought that Rodriguez had reached an agreement with La Liga side Las Palmas – his hometown club – but the player’s representatives have denied such speculation.

Speaking on behalf of Rodriguez, Armando Ufarte told Le10Sport: “But all we've done is declared intent. There has been nothing but speculation. 

“Despite his recent difficulties, he has suitors from various countries. But we need to know what PSG’s position is, first.”

According to Calciomercato, Liverpool have been linked with a move for the player, while Roma, AC Milan and Tottenham have also been touted as potential bidders.

The bid to land Quincy Promes could be set to take a setback after the player’s current wage packet at Spartak Moscow was revealed.

The Mail on Sunday claims Promes earns around £7m a year – and it’s believed Liverpool aren’t willing to match such a fee.

Promes is said to be keen on a move to Anfield so may need to take a wage cut to stand any chance of forcing the deal through.

Meanwhile, outcast Mamadou Sakho has been linked to Southampton.

The defender has been told he can leave the club this month after falling out of favour under manager Jose Klopp.

According to the Daily Mirror, Saints boss Claude Puel has identified his fellow Frenchman as a possible transfer target as he prepares to replace captain Jose Fonte.

Finally, Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Julian Brandt has ruled out a move to Merseyside after being linked to the Reds.

“I would not be scared to dismiss Bayern [Munich] for a second time. The same goes for other clubs, too,” Brandt told Bild am Sonntag.

“Of course [a new Leverkusen deal] is possible. I feel very comfortable here and I know what I’ve got here. We’re constantly in good talks.

“If it were up to me, the summer would be the right time to reveal a decision. I don’t want to deal with this forever. It gets annoying and performances will suffer because of it.”

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