Liverpool are launching a bid for Sporting Lisbon defender Tiago Ilori. The Daily Mail says Liverpool are closing in on a £3.5million deal for Sporting defender Tiago Ilori.

Valencia have also made enquiries but Liverpool hope their strong relationship with the Portuguese will help close the deal quickly.

A defensive recruit has been one of Liverpool's priorities since Jamie Carragher announced he is to retire after the final game of the season.