Reds tracking powerful defender.
Liverpool are interested in a deal for Anzhi Makhachkala centre-half Christopher Samba, fanatix has learnt.
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The Reds have already added Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho to their squad this month but boss Brendan Rodgers also wants to sign a defender and believes the former Blackburn Rovers man could be tempted back to the Premier League.
Samba, 28, only joined Anzhi in February and is thought to earn in the region of £100,000 per week at the mega-rich Russia club.
But the Congo international has become increasingly dissulisioned about the widespread racism in Russian football and has asked his agent to find him a new club in England or the Bundesliga.
In March last year, a Lokomotiv Moscow fan threw a banana at Samba during a match, in the first of several distasteful racism incidents involving the former Hertha Berlin defender.
“I am very sad that this happened in front of children who were sitting in the same stand,” Samba told reporters after the game.
“It is a really bad example for them.”
Rodgers was impressed with Samba when the clubs met home and away in the Europa League group stage and believes the powerful centre-half can toughen up his classy Liverpool side.
Although Anzhi paid in the region of £12m for Samba, Liverpool are hopeful of landing the uncompromising defender for just £8m and hope that his desire to leave Russia can help smooth negotiations.
Veteran centre-half Jamie Carragher has hinted that he could retire at the end of the current campaign, while Rodgers wants to ship out back-up centre-half Sebastian Coates in the summer.
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