Date: 9th January 2014 at 11:00pm
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Liverpool have reportedly held talks with Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyaté’s agent, Saffet Balkan, with a view of a potential move.

“I have been in talks with representatives from Liverpool and Arsenal over Cheikhou Kouyaté,” Balkan told Turkish-football.com.

“Arsenal are very interested in Kouyaté.

“Southampton and Manchester City have also been in contact with me over him.

“It’s very likely that he will be joining a Premier League club soon.”

Kouyaté is a giant 24-year old central defender who can also play as a right back or in midfield. He is a full Senegal international which certainly means he is no slouch. Having had a look at him, he stands out head and shoulders above a lot of players as he towers in at 6ft 4in.

It is really interesting to hear that Liverpool have held talks with the players agent as I would not think the Reds are in the market for another central defender. After Kolo Toure’s arrival for free in the summer and the signings of Mamadou Sakho and Tago Ilori, Liverpool are well equipped at the back and should rather be spending the money in other areas such as midfield and attack. This would really be one transfer that is really not necessary in my opinion.

Taking nothing away from Kouyaté, he seems a really good player but not what is needed at Liverpool right now. The players agent may also just be trying to up his players value by mentioning he has had talks with big clubs such as Liverpool.