Liverpool are in talks with Stuttgart over signing their Japan midfielder Wataru Endo.
The 30-year-old made 33 Bundesliga appearances final season, scoring 5 targets and registering 4 assists.
Stuttgart narrowly prevented relegation final season by profitable a play-off towards Hamburg.
Liverpool have moved for Endo after lacking out on Ecuador worldwide Moises Caicedo, who has joined Chelsea from Brighton in a £115m deal.
The Reds are additionally set to be crushed by Chelsea to the signing of Southampton’s Belgian midfielder Romeo Lavia, 19.
Liverpool desire a defensive midfielder following the departures of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and James Milner this summer season, whereas fellow midfielders Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have additionally left the membership.
Endo, who has 50 caps for Japan, joined Stuttgart initially on a season-long mortgage in 2019 earlier than finishing a everlasting deal.
He was in Japan’s squad on the 2022 World Cup and helped his nation defeat Germany and Spain on the best way to ending prime of their group. They had been crushed by Croatia on penalties within the final 16.
Regardless of Stuttgart’s struggles final season, Bundesliga’s statistics put Endo fourth when it comes to duels gained final season and seventh when it got here to distance coated.
He additionally performed in Stuttgart’s German Cup win towards TSG Balingen final Saturday, scoring the ultimate purpose in a 4-0 win.