Liverpool ahead of Villa for Lazio defender Diakite

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen on Lazio defender Modibo Diakite.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen on Lazio defender Modibo Diakite.

The Mirror says Diakite has turned down a final offer of a new contract - in the hope Liverpool will come in for him.

Aston Villa are also watching developments, and it is believed Rodgers has sounded out Diakite's agents.

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