Liverpool ‘could turn’ to Newcastle United & Aston Villa ‘target’ ahead of St James’ Park visit

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Liverpool head to Newcastle United at the end of the month with the Reds currently short of midfield options

Liverpool could make a move for Leeds United midfielder and reported Newcastle United target Tyler Adams before they head to St James’ Park on August 27, according to reports.

Liverpool missed out on a deal for Brighton’s Moises Caicedo as he joined Chelsea in a deal worth £115m while Romeo Lavia of Southampton is also poised to move to Stamford Bridge for a fee that could reach £55m.

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Adams has been strongly linked with a move away from Leeds this summer following the club’s relegation from the Premier League last term. Newcastle, Aston Villa and Brighton are among those credited with an interest in the player.

90min reports Liverpool could now turn to Adams as they seek to bolster their midfield with Jurgen Klopp’s side short of options in defensive midfield after selling experienced pair Fabinho and Jordan Henderson to clubs in Saudi Arabia.

Liverpool face Newcastle in the north east on August 27 with both sides eyeing a place in the Premier League top four this term.

However, Adams coud be on the move to another top-flight club as BBC Sport report that Bournemouth have activated the players release clause which is reported to stand at £20m following the Whites’ relegation from the Premier League last term. Adams arrived at Elland Road for roughly the same price last summer as he joined from RB Leipzig and enjoyed an impressive first season in England.

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Last week, Adams looked set for a move to Chelsea but talks broke down after the relevant parties were unable to come to an agreement over the midfielder’s proposed move to London. Chelsea were said to have activated the player’s release clause but their moves for Lavia and Caicedo took precedence with Adams unable to complete a move.

One issue which may prevent the Reds from pursuing a move is that Adams is still recovering from a hamstring injury, with the player not set to return to training until next month. It means he would be unlikely to feature against the Magpies if he signed for the Reds before the meeting at St James’ Park later this month.

Leeds manager Daniel Farke was not drawn on the speculation surrounding the midfielder on Thursday as he addressed the media ahead of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Birmingham City.

“He is still three weeks away from team training,” Farke said. “He is in the final stages of rehab so I don’t expect him to be in the mix before the international break.

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“He needs a few weeks to be back and if some business happens behind the scenes, that is not my topic anyhow. I will just comment when business is done and until everything is done and sorted there is no comment from my side.”

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