Liverpool linked with Diana
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool are thought to be keen on Italian international Aimo DianaLiverpool are believed to have turned their attentions to Italian international Aimo Diana as they search for a new midfielder.
Reports emanating from Italy claim Liverpool have made an offer for the Sampdoria star.
Liverpool are in the market for a right-sided midfielder with Rafa Benitez scouring the transfer market since last summer for a player to fill the problematic position.
It seems likely that Liverpool are set to miss out on top target Simao Sabrosa with Benfica keen to keep the Portuguese international.
The European champions are now thought to be considering a move to lure Diana to Anfield.
The 28-year-old is highly rated at Sampdoria and is in the running to make the Italy squad for this summer's World Cup finals.
Another option for Liverpool could be Sevilla's Daniel Alves.
Liverpool have been long-term admirers of Alves and tried to sign him in the summer, but without success.
The Reds could make a new move for Alves this month, but they could face fierce competition from Barcelona with the Camp Nou titans believed to have first refusal on the player.
Meanwhile, one player who seems set to be on his way to Anfield is MK Dons youngster David Martin.
Martin enjoyed a trial at Liverpool at the end of last year and he is believed to have impressed the coaching staff at Anfield.
Liverpool have now decided to offer Martin a deal and he is expected to sign a contract in the near future.