LIVERPOOL have opened talks to sign Nice midfielder Khephren Thuram this summer window
Thuram has been identified as a priority target for Liverpool as they look to freshen up the squad and make a fresh push for that Premier League title next season.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed a breakout campaign in the south of France and earned a call-up to the senior national team as well as a place in the Ligue 1 Team of the Season.
He netted twice in 30 league starts last season, as well as laying on four assists, but also brings work rate and energy – averaging 2.6 combined tackles and interceptions per match
French newspaper L’Equipe claim they are pushing for dynamic Nice star Thuram and have begun talks over a possible deal for the star.
The report adds that A meeting is believed to have already taken place between Liverpool and the player’s entourage, while Thuram is keen to work under Klopp.
His manager at Nice, Didier Digard, has spoke glowingly about Thuram’s work ethic but has warned against an imminent exit from the Allianz Riviera.
“Khephren’s fantastic,” the Nice boss told RMC Sport.
“He’s very hardworking, very attentive. On rest days he’s at the training centre. He recovers quickly for back-to-back matches and completes high-intensity training.
“He’s already in the France team, but I’m convinced that he’ll have a very big career. But there must still be a little bit in Nice to go to continue his progress.”
Added to that – Thuram insists he is happy at Nice amid reports linking him with a move to Anfield.
“I want to progress, go on the field, have fun. For now, I’m in Nice, it’s going very well, I really like the club, so I still see myself in Nice. I am very well in Nice,” he told L’Equipe.
“There are noises, I hear, but I’m happy in Nice, I hope to grow with this club. I would like him (Didier Digard, his coach) to stay because he brought a lot to this group when it was in a difficult period.
I don’t know if I tell him enough but he’s someone I can never thank enough.
‘He helped me a lot in difficult times in my young career. We worked a lot together. I wish him only happiness, in Nice, or elsewhere.”
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