Liverpool could have been handed a boost in their hopes of signing Ligue 1 ace

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This winter was a ponderous one for Liverpool with one bargain buy in Takumi Minamino and one mysterious addition in Joe Hardy. It was a more frustrating window for Newcastle United as their possible record signing turned them down.

Liverpool could have been handed a boost in their hopes of signing Boubakary Soumare with the Lille boss admitting there is tension between him and the club.

According to the BBC, Boubakary Soumare turned down Newcastle in the winter.

The 20-year-old Lille defensive midfielder is enjoying an ever-growing reputation at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.

He has been massively linked with all and sundry in the past few months, Le10 Sport have claimed the young prospect is keen on a move to the Premier League with Liverpool or Manchester United his preferred destination.

Express Sport have reported that is wanted by an even more extensive range of clubs, including Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and AC Milan.

Following the player being dropped at the weekend, his manager, Christoph Galtier, confessed to L’Equipe:

“There is a situation at the club that I do not comment on.

“In seasons, there can be tension between a player and his club. We’ll settle this internally and find a solution.”