Transfer news: Liverpool in talks with Salzburg over Valon Berisha - reports

Reds target Valon Berisha in attempts to strengthen their backline

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Red Bull Salzburg are considering an offer from Liverpool for their 20-year-old midfielder Valon Berisha.

According to talkSPORT, he Premier League side hope that Gerard Houllier, the former Reds boss and current global sports director at Salzburg, will be willing to talk business.

After scouting Berisha for a matter of months, Brendan Rodgers has now opened talks with the Austrian side over a possible deal.

The former Egersund and Viking player was watched by Anfield representatives during the surprise 3-0 friendly victory over European champions Bayern Munich last weekend, while Liverpool also scouted him during their 4-0 league win over Austria Wien last month.

Berisha, a full Norwegian international, has earned nine caps for his country and is valued at around £2.5m.

Meanwhile Rodgers has also been granted the funds by the club's hierarchy to launch an £8m offer for FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah after weeks of continued interest.

Salah has been at the top of Rodgers' agenda since last summer and Reds scouts have been monitoring the 21-year-old for much of the season.

It is thought that Rodgers is also keen to add a left-back, centre-back, midfielder and striker to his squad although he may now only make a move for Salah after the club informed him that funds would be low until the end of the season.