Sunday, 19th June, 2011

Reports from Italy suggest that Liverpool have switched their attention to Roma goalkeeper Julio Sergio as they bid to snap up an experienced understudy to Jose Reina.

The English side had agreed a deal in principle with Roma for Julio Sergio’s team-mate Doni, however the Brazilian shot-stopper was not willing to take a cut in wages to head to Anfield.

At Roma Doni earns €2.5M, but Liverpool were only prepared to offer the keeper €900,000 per season, making his decision to reject Kenny Dalglish’s side an easy one.

Now though Liverpool have spied Doni’s team-mate and countryman Julio Sergio as a possible alternative.

Currently the Brazilian takes home €1.3M per season in Rome, and Liverpool would have to either equal that amount or provide the 32-year-old with a sizeable signing-on fee to offset any reduction in salary.

Julio Sergio managed to claim the number 1 spot under previous Giallorossi coach Claudio Ranieri and also signed a new four-year deal in 2010. However, his future under new boss Luis Enrique is uncertain.

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