Ibrahima Konate urges Liverpool to sign 'top player' Khephren Thuram as agreement close

Liverpool defender Ibrahima Konate has outwardly encouraged the Reds to swoop for transfer target Khephren Thuram. The OGC Nice midfielder is believed to be next on Jurgen Klopp's summer hit list, and an agreement on personal terms is reportedly close to being struck.

Klopp has already made a summer statement by signing Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton, but another recruit in the middle of the park will be needed before the start of next season to offset a host of midfield departures.

According to Sports Zone, Liverpool have been engaged in talks with Thuram's camp over the past few days as the parties seek out a personal terms agreement. Nice may be trickier to convince as they face losing one of their star players, but the Ligue 1 outfit could be forced to cash in if Thuram attempts to force through a move.

Reds supporters were given a sign of encouragement on Tuesday when Konate - currently on international duty with fellow French star Thuram - claimed that he would love to see his countryman at Anfield.

"Khephren is like my little brother," the Liverpool man told RMC Sport. "He's someone I saw growing up. I was with his big brother [Marcus] in the [international youth set-up] but Khephren... I saw him grow. I saw him perform and progress to a [high] level. It was incredible.

"Even when he came to the France team for his first call-up, I saw him in training and I was really surprised by his size and his technical ease. I would be very happy for him to come to Liverpool.

Konate will have a few more days to try and convince Thuram that Anfield would be the ideal place to take the next step in his career. France take on Gibraltar and Greece over the next week before players are given an opportunity to rest and recuperate.

It remains to be seen whether two midfielders will be deemed enough for Klopp as he looks to construct a squad capable of fighting their way back into the Premier League's top-four next term.

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