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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will launch a £3.5m bid for West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame as he seeks to strengthen his midfield options.
CaughtOffside understands that the Anfield side's offer will trigger the 26 year old's release clause, leaving the Senegal international free to then consider a move to the Merseyside club.
Rodgers believes a move for experienced battler Diame is a bargain buy worth making and should his side secure a Champions League berth then one imagines the former Wigan Athletic man would be tempted by a move to leave Upton Park for Liverpool.
Diame has been a regular in Sam Allardyce's side this term and impressed last term in his first season at West Ham.
Liverpool have mounted a genuine Premier League title challenge this term and Rodgers feels he needs more strength in depth to truly be in with a race to put in a consistent push for major honours.
Liverpool's American owners are ready to hand Rodgers a significant transfer war-chest in that endeavour and Diame is a player the former Swansea City boss looking to sign the rangy midfielder early in the summer before a scouting mission he will look to undertake at the 2014 World Cup finals.
Rodgers is confident that he can lure Diame to Anfield this summer though he will be aware that many other sides will be tempted by the low fee it would take to sign the Hammers star.