Liverpool Transfer News: Lucas Digne Talks Held, Alexandre Lacazette Rumours

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2015

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP - Lucas Digne (21) advances the ball during a game between SL Benfica and Paris Saint-Germain, on Saturday, July, 18, 2015 in Toronto, ON. Paris Saint-Germain defeated SL Benfica 3-2.  (Mike Janes/AP Images for International Champions Cup)
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Liverpool are reportedly closing in on signing a new left-back as they have held talks with Paris St-Germain over making a deal for Frenchman Lucas Digne.

According to Simon Jones in the Daily Mail, Digne is looking to leave the French capital having only made 30 appearances in Ligue 1 since his £10.5 million move from Lille in 2013.

As noted by Bleacher Report's Ligue 1 expert Jonathan Johnson, the 22-year-old has consistently been in the shadow of Brazilian Maxwell:

However, a move to Anfield would see Digne up against Alberto Moreno for the left-back spot, with the Spaniard having yet to fully establish himself as the undisputed first choice in the position.

While Digne is apparently eager to leave PSG, Parc des Princes boss Laurent Blanc recently talked up the France international, perhaps suggesting that he may want to keep hold of him, per French outlet L'Equipe (h/t Jones): "He is with us, he is very professional, he trains very well and has prepared excellently. This is a good thing for him and possibly for us, should he stay with us this season."

Digne could potentially be Reds boss Brendan Rodgers' eighth major signing of the summer as the rebuild at Anfield continues.

The Merseyside outfit were similarly prolific in last summer's transfer window and several of their signings underwhelmed as they finished out of the top four in the Premier League last season.

However, Digne looks as though he could be a fine addition in a weak area at Liverpool, as he is undoubtedly talented, will improve with experience, and has much to prove after being sidelined so often at PSG.

The Reds are also apparently looking to plunder Ligue 1 for a new striker as the rumours surrounding the potential capture of Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette continue.

Despite the recent £32.5 million signing of Christian Benteke from Aston Villa, L'Equipe (h/t Metro's Jamie Sanderson) claim that Liverpool are still looking to bring in Lacazette as Rickie Lambert, Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini may well be moved on having not made the grade.

Liverpool are apparently looking to work out a £21.7 million deal for the Frenchman, which would be something of a bargain for a player who netted 27 Ligue 1 goals last term, per WhoScored.com.

The 24-year-old Lacazette would certainly be a fine addition at Anfield, and perhaps a better option up front than Benteke, who still has much to prove at the highest level, per Johnson:

However, the chances of Liverpool snapping up Lacazette—especially for a relatively cheap £21.7 million—seem very low.

Lyon are unlikely to want to sell their star man, and Liverpool must surely now put their faith in Benteke considering the money they paid for him, rather than splashing out on another new striker.  

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