Liverpool's hopes of potentially landing Lazio No.1 Thomas Strakosha have received an apparent boost.

The Reds have been linked with a move for the Albanian international - who reportedly set them back €30million (£26m) - in their search for a new goalkeeper.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are not expected to approach Roma’s Alisson Becker due to their transfer fee demands, which are said to exceed £80m.

And instead they are apparently weighing up a move for Serie A alternative Strakosha, who kept 17 clean sheets in 53 appearances across all competitions last term - his first season as out-and-out No.1.

And the 23-year-old, who played in 37 of Lazio’s 38 top-flight matches last term, could be available with Italian news outlet CalcioMercato reporting that the Biancocelesti are close to bringing in veteran shot-stopper Silvio Proto from Olympiacos.

The 35-year-old has only spent a year in Turkey after joining from Anderlecht but is reportedly now on the verge of signing a permanent deal with Lazio.

CalcioMercato add that reports of interest in Real Madrid and Spain legend Iker Casillas, currently at Porto, are misplaced with Proto instead the new man to come in.

Should Proto indeed join Lazio, then that could free up Strakosha to move to Anfield - with it said that the Italian side are open to doing business.

Strakosha only signed a new long-term contract with Lazio back in October, a deal that keeps him at Stadio Olimpico until June 2022.

And Liverpool would face competition for his signature from Bayer Leverkusen, it is said, after the Bundesliga club lost Bernd Leno to Arsenal this week.

Liverpool have also been linked with a host of goalkeepers including Jan Oblak, Jack Butland, Yann Sommer, Jiri Pavlenka and Nick Pope.

Source: Daily Express

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