Newcastle United and Liverpool are lining up a move for £4.5 million-rated Genoa and Sweden defender Andreas Granqvist in the 2013 January transfer window according to the Sun.
The Premier League duo are both looking to strengthen at the back as they find themselves languishing in the bottom half of the table after a dozen matches this season.
Liverpool have been interested in the Swedish international for a while, with Serie A club Genoa turning down a £4m bid in the summer, but Newcastle are reportedly ready to get in on the action.
27-year-old Andreas Granqvist started for Sweden in their 4-2 victory over Roy Hodgson’s England in the week, in what was his 27th appearance for his country.
The 6ft 3in defender has of course played on these shores before, as he featured for Wigan for a couple of seasons, but didn’t manage to complete a full campaign.
Since then, he’s spent three seasons in The Netherlands with Groningen, before moving to Italy last year, where he currently plies his trade for Genoa who are struggling in the Serie A relegation zone.
£4.5m seems a bit steep for a player that Genoa bought less than 18 months ago for 2 million Euros, but Martin O’Neill obviously likes what he sees as Sunderland are said to be tracking Andreas Granqvist as well.
Newcastle are a little light at the back, with captain Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson the only recognised centre backs at the club.
However, I do question the Daily Mail’s quote that he’s ‘one of the best defenders in Serie A’. He must have improved a fair bit!