Liverpool 'target' £25m transfer as Arne Slot could raid former club for bargain price deal

Feyenoord defender Lutsharel Geertruida with a microphone
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Liverpool are reportedly among the clubs interested in Feyenoord defender Lutsharel Geertuida - but they face Premier League opposition from Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Newcastle United.

The Dutchman enjoyed a successful spell with new Reds head coach Arne Slot, with the 23-year-old winning the Eredivisie and KNVB Cup with Jurgen Klopp's successor. Geertruida is a versatile defender who can play centre-back and defensive midfield but is primarily a right-back.

After moving across Rotterdam in 2012, Geertruida graduated from the De Kuip academy system, but his future at the club remains uncertain as he enters the final 12 months of his current deal in the south of Holland.

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The defender was subject to interest from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig over a €32.5million (£27m) move, but the deal collapsed. While he remained at Feyenoord this season, he could leave the club in order for Slot's former side to recoup a fee for his services, according to AD.

In their report, the Dutch outlet has claimed that Geertruida could be available for a bargain price, considered to be lower than the failed move to Germany, but the defender is currently focusing on the upcoming European Championships in Germany, but a decision is set to be made after the tournament.

Speaking earlier this month, former Liverpool midfielder Bolo Zenden tipped the new Reds boss to raid his former club for the highly-rated Dutchman. He told OLBG: "There’s a few players at Feyenoord that have had a good season

"There’s a few that could transmit the message of the manager into the team. But I also think that you don’t have to bring in too many players that you know from your club or your league.

"But there's probably three players that stand out a bit as we reach the end of the season. Quentin Timber, a midfielder, who is the brother of Arsenal’s Jurrien Timber.

"There's also Mats Wieffer, who's also a midfielder. Another one guy is Lutsharel Geertruida, who's the captain for Feyenoord.

"He can actually play in three different positions, which means centre-back, right-back, or as a holding midfielder. Geertruida would be the best player to sign from the current squad that Slot would consider bringing to Anfield."