Liverpool Transfer News: Gelson Martins Bid Reportedly to Be Made, Fresh Rumours

Christopher SimpsonFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2017

Sporting's forward Gelson Martins falls on the field during the Portuguese league football match Arouca FC vs Sporting CP at the Arouca Municipal stadium in Arouca on April 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Liverpool are reportedly preparing to bid for Sporting Lisbon star Gelson Martins and have begun negotiations with the club.

Sport Witness relayed the news from Portuguese outlet A Bola:

Sky Sports News HQ reported they have started discussions with Sporting:

The winger produced seven goals and 14 assists in all competitions last season.

He also showed his willingness to work and press the opposition from the front, per WhoScored.com:

That quality would likely see him fit in well under Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool are in need of quality reinforcements this summer as they prepare for a campaign in the UEFA Champions League and look to sustain a title challenge in the Premier League throughout next season.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty believes Martins is exactly what Klopp is looking for, and listed others who have attracted interest from the Reds:

Martins has the pace and trickery you'd expect from a promising young winger, but it's clear he possesses real end product given his excellent assist record.

Here's a look at some of his highlights from earlier in the campaign:

Per Jan Hagen of Sport Witness, Martins has previously expressed a desire to stay with Sporting:

However, playing at Anfield would likely be an attractive proposition, and Sporting's reported willingness to sell at the right price could make him attainable this summer.

If he can make the step up to the higher standard of play in the Premier League, he could add quality and valuable depth to Liverpool's squad.

Meanwhile, according to French outlet La Depeche du Midi (h/t Liam Spence of the Express), Liverpool have touched base with Bordeaux regarding the availability of striker Gaetan Laborde.

Bordeaux's French forward Gaetan Laborde reacts after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between AS Saint-Etienne and FC Girondins de Bordeaux, on May 5, 2017 at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, central France. / AFP PHOTO /
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Laborde, who turned 23 in May, scored 13 goals in all competitions last season and also laid on five assists.

Despite netting just six of them in 36 Ligue 1 appearances, French football writers Jeremy Smith and Eric Devin hailed his form throughout the year:

While his goal record isn't overly inspiring, it's equally worth noting he only started 25 matches in all competitions, so 13 strikes overall isn't a bad return.

He still needs to prove he can be a prolific goalscorer, but if brought in relatively cheaply he could be an astute buy.