Liverpool could be set for a busy transfer deadline day after they were linked with an 11th hour move for Real Madrid holding midfielder Asier Illarramendi.

Spanish newspaper El Confidencial has reported the story, and insists the Reds are prepared to pay up to £18million for the former Real Sociedad youngster.

It is understood Brendan Rodgers is keen to strengthen his squad before tomorrow night's transfer deadline, while he also believes the 24-year-old could become the long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard, who is set to join LA Galaxy in the summer.

Illarramendi is just 18 months into a six year deal at the Bernabeu Stadium, but it seems Madrid may be willing to cash in on the player who is yet to be capped by Spain.

Source: Metro