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Liverpool make first move as hunt for exciting Watford star steps up

Liverpool have contacted the representatives of Watford winger Ismaila Sarr, with Wolves and Crystal Palace also keen, according to a report.

Senegal international Sarr moved to the Hornets in a club-record deal last summer. Upon his arrival, fellow Senegal star Sadio Mane outlined his compatriot’s exciting threat.

Indeed, the 22-year-old proved to be a hit in the Premier League, including when he scored twice to sink Liverpool to their first defeat of the Premier League season in February.

Reports last month indicated that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a strong admirer of Sarr. Klopp believes his pace and ability to play across the front line could make him a top talent.

Now, the Harrow Times claims Liverpool have made their interest concrete. Anfield officials have reportedly contacted the player’s camp to judge their willingness to strike a deal.

However, the report adds that the Reds have not made a formal offer.

Wolves and Palace are also keen, but they see Sarr as a ready-made replacement if their top stars leave.



Adama Traore has attracted attention at Molineux after improving significantly this season, with Palace boss Roy Hodgson confirming last month that Wilfried Zaha still wants an exciting move away.

The Harrow Times also claims there is interest from French clubs, as well as teams in Spain and Germany.

The newspaper says it remains unclear as to the price Watford could look to sell their prized asset for. The Hornets are likely to let him leave after they suffered relegation to the Championship.


Elsewhere, Liverpool have reportedly had a £9million bid for Real Betis defender Aissa Mandi rejected.

The Reds are looking for another centre-back with Dejan Lovren close to finalising a move to Zenit St Petersburg.

However, the latest report says Klopp’s side have suffered frustration in their initial attempts to sign Mandi.

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