Date: 9th August 2014 at 1:39pm
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Liverpool have been told they can sign Lazio striker Keita Balde Diao for a fee of £24million, reports the Metro.

The Reds are reported to have opened talks over a possible deal for the 19-year-old, as the hunt for Luis Suarez’s replacement continues.

Keita is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in Italy, with Sky Italia claiming the Reds had a £15.8million bid rejected earlier in the week.

Brendan Rodgers has not given up on his pursuit of the forward however, and has been told he can have him for £24million by Lazio.

Keita – a former Barcelona youth team player – has scored five times in 23 matches for Lazio, and has previously been linked with a move to Manchester United.

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